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 was also found in this area?

2. What was wrong with the museum's director?

3. What object is referred to as the Bell System?

4. How many items are in the set?

5. What type of wood was used to manufacture the bookends?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the pendant found in the Inner Chamber. What is it made out of and what is the inscription?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did the scientists come to the conclusion that communication would be possible even after a person's death?

9. When did Harriet meet her untimely demise? What happened?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Triumphal Arch was considered to be one of the most significant finds regarding the ancient culture of Usa. Discuss the Triumphal Arch and its use as a gateway. Do you think the explanation of the arch's placement in relation to the west coast falling into the ocean makes any sense? Do think there was a specific placement of the arch? Explain. Other pieces of architecture are represented in the book as being important discoveries. Why are monuments so interesting to archeologists and historians? How do you think they arrived at the explanations listed in the book? Do you think any other explanations might have been considered? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Howard Carson is painted as a ne'er do well in the beginning of the book. How did Carson make a living? What was the man's level of ambition? Why did Carson decide it was time to change his life? How did he propose to make changes? Were those goals accomplished? Did the effort to change cause Carson to land at the Motel of the Mysteries? How did Carson handle the discovery of the motel? Did Carson see the discovery as his destiny? Explain.

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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