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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. Why is Simeon against Yigal's plans to oppose the Romans?

2. Returning to the earliest days of Makor, the author writes that someone saves Ur's daughter from a dog about to attack. Who saves her?

3. For the Jews, Shabbat is a day of what?

4. As the book opens, Dr. John Cullinane arrives where?

5. What job does Gomer's son hold in Makor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the outcome of the battle between Zadok's people and Uriel's people?

2. Why does Menalaus have surgery to reverse his circumcision?

3. Who is Meshab, and how does he help Hoopoe with his water system project?

4. What time and money investment will be required to complete the dig at Makor? How much finances does Cullinane have on hand?

5. What happens after King David comes to inspect the water system that Hoopoe built?

6. Who is Yigal, and how does he become a leader of his people?

7. Why does the leader of the Canaanites accept Zadok and his people?

8. Who is Paul Zodman, and how is he helping with the excavation at Makor?

9. Explain why Kerith is miserable in Makor.

10. Gomer is certain that her son is meant to accomplish a special purpose. Does he live up to her expectations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the book, are the archaeologists successful at the dig at Makor? Do they find what they are looking for? Do they make any new and unexpected discoveries?

Essay Topic 2

One of the structures Cullinane desires to uncover at the dig is a castle. Write about this castle, explaining how and when it got there. During what era was it built? What was Makor like during that time? What does Cullinane determine about the castle?

Essay Topic 3

In each chapter, the author tells stories about different people living in different eras, but he always returns to the present and reveals what is happening at the dig in Makor. How does the present-day archaeological dig serve as a tool that ties the book's diverse stories together?

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