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 sudden deaths were reported right after the tomb was opened to the public?

2. Which is not among the revered animal sculptures?

3. What pattern was impressed upon the object?

4. The holiest of all relics was located in what room?

5. What word is used to describe the opening event at the exhibit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the Sacred Points Bookends. What are the bookends made out of and what uses might they have?

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

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. According to the text what surrounded the complex outside? What would the area be described as in today's terms?

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

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

Macaulay was very creative in coming up with alternate uses and meanings for all of the objects found in the Motel of the Mysteries. How do you think Macaulay managed to make up the items and still manage to be funny? What other objects might have been included in the text? Would you be able to come up with a similar scenario? Explain. What did the objects in the motel symbolize? Do you think the author had any specific idea in mind, such as relating specific items to religious affiliations? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The basis of Motel of the Mysteries surrounds the study of a fallen civilization. Discuss the characters' fascination with the ancient culture ruined thousands of years before. Why are the historians and archeologists so interested in what happened 2000 years ago? How can archeologists know the age of a particular artifact? How can they know if it belongs to a particular culture? What if a newly discovered artifact does not belong to any known culture? What kind of artifacts might the archeologists find to support their theories?

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