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. How many of the items are in one set?

2. What is it called when someone makes a copy of an existing treasure?

3. In what year was Tomb #26 closed for good?

4. What item in the room represents the essence of religious communication?

5. What kind of perforations marked the tile?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the main error in setting up the exhibit in the Museum? What problem did it cause? Whose fault was the error?

2. Explain the unique design of the coffee service. What is the pot shape? What is the shape of the cups? How many cups are there to the set?

3. Who traveled along with the treasures? What was the purpose of traveling this way?

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

5. The scientists were particularly fascinated by the fragments of plasticus petrificus. Explain the piece and how it is represented as a souvenir.

6. 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.

7. What object was excavated just outside the area of the rusted sculptures? What did the excavators believe the signs were used for?

8. What is the Great Altar? What is atop the Altar? What is the upper object's primary function?

9. One of the items discovered in Tomb #26 was a Bell System. What was the item's purpose? How was it used?

10. In what way does Harriet show that she is still devoted to Carson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Archeologists have a fascinating but difficult job in discovering and identifying ancient objects and associating them to various cultures. Archeological finds are clearly important in learning the history of a culture, especially if the culture has not been studied. Choose a famous archeological dig. Write a 1000 word essay on the dig, its purpose and what was found at the site. Were the artifacts telling about any specific culture? Explain. Did that particular dig lead to another excavation? If so, give details on any subsequent excavations.

Essay Topic 2

Guido Michelin and Currant Bunliffe both set out to find fragments of writing that could be attributed to the Yanks.

What was the purpose of the search? What kind of information might be contained in the writing fragments? What could the new civilization learn from the old one? Why was there such a lapse between searches for the fragments? Do you think Bunliffe ever found anything? What might have happened to Bunliffe? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The excavators and workers in the story seem to have many ideas regarding the dead, from the body's eventual destination to the storage of internal organs. Examine the text to learn about the modern civilization's ideas about the ancient dead. Do any of the ideas seem feasible? Why do you think cultures are so fascinated with burial? Compare and contrast current options for burial to those of ancient times, e.g., Egyptians.

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