Motel of the Mysteries Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the God of craftsmanship?

2. One of the objects examined by Howard resembled what other famous artifact?

3. The mosaic tile game refers to an ancient game of _____.

4. What item is given to each member of the crowd as part of the ceremony?

5. The Wall Fragment was located in which section of the motel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the scientists viewed the mosaic tile. How was it decorated? Where was it typically found?

2. What happened to Howard Carson after he returned to his former interest and research involving the camels?

3. The Sacred Seal is one of the most coveted items found in the Motel. Explain what souvenir was created from a replica of the Sacred Seal.

4. What was unique about the Plant That Wouldn't Die?

5. What was the main feature located in the sanctuary? How was the structure decorated?

6. What was the purpose of the room filled with games?

7. What kind of sculptures were placed in this area? To who or what were the sculptures dedicated?

8. What is the real life description of the wall fragment found in the communal Sacred Urn room near the Great Sanctuary. Explain the real purpose of the so-called laborers' marks.

9. What is the description used for the paperweight in the Souvenirs and Quality Reproductions section?

10. What were the musical instruments found by Carson? How did they work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author makes a solid point regarding pollution and the state of the ozone layer. As a result of decades of polluting the air and not caring about the ozone, it was only a matter of time before Pollutantus Gravitas would fall to the earth and smother out the Yank civilization. Compare and contrast the condition of pollution and the ozone layer from 1985 and today. What are the most significant changes? Were there any parts of the story that could be even remotely correct? Explain. How has pollution changed over the years? In your opinion, does pollution have anything to do with global warming?

Essay Topic 2

The sacred items found in the book may be metaphors or symbols for other objects not listed. Choose at least five of the items and relate them to what you consider to be obvious metaphors. Why did you choose the item? What makes you think that the item is a metaphor or has some symbolic meaning to the author? Explain. What metaphors could you add to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Howard Carson maintains a fascination with camels. In the beginning of the book, Carson researches hump productivity. What prompted Carson to study hump productivity in the first place? Does Carson ever figure out the use for the camel's hump? How could it become more "productive?" What would it produce? Why do you think Carson was so fascinated with camels? What is the mass that makes up a camel's hump? What were Carson's final assessments and/or achievements regarding the camel? What piece of history was made due to Carson's research?

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