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Would you like to become an expert on Ancient Egyptian culture? This quiz may be able to help you. Egyptians are known for their grand efforts, including mining, surveying, and building techniques that promoted the building of the majestic pyramids, temples, and obelisks. They also have a unique system of mathematics, a sensible approach to medicine. If you are a fan of ancient Egyptian culture, this quiz will have you ‘walking like an Egyptian. ’


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What do we call a family of rulers whose power is passed down for many generations (usually from father to son)?

    Explanation
    A family of rulers whose power is passed down for many generations is called a dynasty. This term is commonly used to describe a succession of rulers within a single family, where the authority is typically inherited by the eldest son or a designated heir. Dynasties can be found in various cultures and historical periods, such as the Ming Dynasty in China or the Romanov Dynasty in Russia.

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  • 2. 

    This is the title of the Egyptian ruler - it means "great house".

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "pharaoh" because it is the title of the Egyptian ruler and it means "great house". In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh was considered to be the divine representative on earth and held immense power and authority. The term "pharaoh" originated from the Egyptian word "per-aa" which translates to "great house" and referred to the royal palace or residence of the ruler. Over time, it became synonymous with the title of the ruler themselves.

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  • 3. 

    What is the name of the Egyptian writing system?

    Explanation
    The name of the Egyptian writing system is hieroglyphs, also known as hieroglyphics. Hieroglyphs were a system of pictorial symbols used by the ancient Egyptians to communicate and record information. These symbols represented objects, ideas, sounds, and even whole words. The term "hieroglyphs" is derived from the Greek words "hieros" meaning sacred, and "glyphein" meaning to carve, as the hieroglyphs were often carved into stone or written on papyrus. The use of hieroglyphs was prevalent in ancient Egypt for over 3,000 years, and they played a significant role in the country's culture, religion, and history.

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  • 4. 

    What is the ancient name for the strip of very dark, very fertile soil on each side of the Nile river?

    Explanation
    The ancient name for the strip of very dark, very fertile soil on each side of the Nile river is "black land". This term refers to the rich, black soil that was deposited by the annual flooding of the Nile, which made the land extremely fertile and suitable for agriculture. The black land was crucial for the development of ancient Egyptian civilization, as it provided the necessary conditions for successful farming and sustained the population.

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  • 5. 

    Where were most of Egypt's major cities located?

    • A.

      The Delta

    • B.

      Lower Egypt

    • C.

      West of the Nile

    • D.

      Upper Egypt

    • E.

      Both A and B

    • F.

      Both A and D

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Most of Egypt's major cities were located in both the Delta and Lower Egypt. The Delta is the northern region of Egypt where the Nile River branches out and forms a fan-shaped area before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. Lower Egypt refers to the northernmost part of the country, including the Nile Delta. These areas were highly fertile and provided favorable conditions for settlement and agriculture, leading to the development of numerous cities in these regions. Therefore, the correct answer is "Both A and B."

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  • 6. 

    Egypt was protected from invasion by.....

    • A.

      Natural barriers

    • B.

      Large fortification walls

    • C.

      A standing army of over 100,000 men

    • D.

      Making alliances with surrounding kingdoms

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Natural barriers
    Explanation
    Egypt was protected from invasion by natural barriers. These natural barriers include the vast deserts to the east and west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the cataracts of the Nile River in the south. These geographical features made it difficult for invaders to access and conquer Egypt, providing a natural defense for the ancient civilization. Additionally, the Nile River itself acted as a protective barrier, as it was difficult for enemy armies to navigate and cross.

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  • 7. 

    Egypt was divided into two major regions known as...

    • A.

      Upper Class Egypt and Working Class Egypt

    • B.

      Highland Egypt and Lowland Egypt

    • C.

      Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt

    • D.

      Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt
    Explanation
    Egypt was divided into two major regions known as Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. This division was based on the flow of the Nile River. Upper Egypt referred to the southern part of the country, while Lower Egypt referred to the northern part. The division was significant in terms of political and cultural differences, as well as the geographical features of each region. Upper Egypt was characterized by a more traditional and conservative culture, while Lower Egypt had a more cosmopolitan and progressive culture. The division between Upper and Lower Egypt played a crucial role in the unification of the country under a single ruler.

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  • 8. 

    When did Egyptian history begin according to historians?

    • A.

      C. 3100 BCE

    • B.

      When Menes united Upper & Lower Egypt

    • C.

      When the first pyramid was built

    • D.

      Both A and B

    • E.

      Both A and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Both A and B. Egyptian history is believed to have begun around 3100 BCE when Menes, the first pharaoh, united Upper and Lower Egypt. This event marked the beginning of the First Dynasty and the establishment of a centralized government. Additionally, the construction of the first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser, is considered a significant milestone in Egyptian history and is believed to have taken place around the same time. Therefore, both the unification of Egypt by Menes and the construction of the first pyramid are important events that mark the beginning of Egyptian history.

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  • 9. 

    Who was the first female pharaoh in Egyptian history?

    • A.

      Ramses

    • B.

      Thutmose

    • C.

      Tutankhamon

    • D.

      Akhenaten

    • E.

      Hatshepsut

    • F.

      Menes

    Correct Answer
    E. Hatshepsut
    Explanation
    Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh in Egyptian history. She ruled during the 18th dynasty and is known for her successful reign and numerous building projects. Hatshepsut took on the full power and titles of a pharaoh, even dressing as a male and wearing a false beard to assert her authority. She reigned for approximately 20 years and is considered one of the most successful pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

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  • 10. 

    Which pharaoh tried to make all of Egypt monotheistic?

    • A.

      Ramses

    • B.

      Thutmose

    • C.

      Tutankhamon

    • D.

      Akhenaten

    • E.

      Hatshepsut

    • F.

      Menes

    Correct Answer
    D. Akhenaten
    Explanation
    Akhenaten is the correct answer because he is known for his attempt to make all of Egypt monotheistic. During his reign, he introduced a new religion centered around the worship of the sun god Aten, and he actively promoted the worship of Aten as the supreme deity while diminishing the importance of other gods. He even changed his own name from Amenhotep IV to Akhenaten, which means "effective for Aten." Although his efforts were not successful in the long term, Akhenaten's reign marks a significant period in Egyptian history characterized by religious reform.

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  • 11. 

    Which pharaoh is credited with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt?

    • A.

      Ramses

    • B.

      Thutmose

    • C.

      Tutankhamon

    • D.

      Akhenaten

    • E.

      Hatshepsut

    • F.

      Menes

    Correct Answer
    F. Menes
    Explanation
    Menes is credited with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. He is considered the first pharaoh of Egypt and is believed to have brought together the two regions around 3100 BCE. This unification marked the beginning of the Old Kingdom and laid the foundation for the long and prosperous civilization of ancient Egypt. Menes is also known for establishing the capital city of Memphis and for his contributions to Egyptian culture and society.

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  • 12. 

    Which pharaoh is famous for the discovery of his completely intact tomb?

    • A.

      Ramses

    • B.

      Thutmose

    • C.

      Tutankhamon

    • D.

      Akhenaten

    • E.

      Hatshepsut

    • F.

      Menes

    Correct Answer
    C. Tutankhamon
    Explanation
    Tutankhamon is famous for the discovery of his completely intact tomb. His tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The discovery of Tutankhamon's tomb was significant because it provided valuable insights into ancient Egyptian burial practices and treasures. The tomb contained a wealth of artifacts, including his famous golden burial mask, which has become an iconic symbol of ancient Egypt. Tutankhamon's tomb is considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.

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  • 13. 

    The 70 day long Egyptian process of preserving human remains is called....

    • A.

      Pickling

    • B.

      Resurrecting

    • C.

      Mummifying

    • D.

      Stuffing

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Mummifying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is mummifying. Mummifying is the process of preserving human remains, specifically practiced in ancient Egypt. It involved removing the internal organs, treating the body with preservatives, and wrapping it in linen bandages. This process allowed the body to be preserved for a long period of time. Pickling, resurrecting, and stuffing are not accurate terms for the Egyptian process of preserving human remains.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following statements is true concerning Egyptian pyramids?

    • A.

      They show the power of the pharaoh

    • B.

      They serve as a protective tomb for the pharaoh

    • C.

      They took many years and thousands of workers to build

    • D.

      They are aligned with the stars to point to the "center of the heavens"

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The statement "all of the above" is the correct answer because all of the given statements are true concerning Egyptian pyramids. Egyptian pyramids were built to show the power of the pharaoh, they served as protective tombs for the pharaoh, they took many years and thousands of workers to build, and they were aligned with the stars to point to the "center of the heavens".

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  • 15. 

    Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the son of ________________ , god of the _______________.

    Correct Answer
    Ra sun, Re sun
    Explanation
    The Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the son of Ra, the god of the sun. Ra was considered the most important deity in the Egyptian pantheon and was associated with the sun and its life-giving properties. The pharaoh, as the ruler of Egypt, was believed to be a divine figure and the earthly embodiment of Ra. This belief gave the pharaoh immense power and authority, as well as a direct connection to the gods.

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  • 16. 

    Only men could become pharaohs of Egypt.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In ancient Egypt, it was believed that only men could become pharaohs. However, there were exceptions to this rule. Some women, such as Hatshepsut and Cleopatra, were able to rise to the position of pharaoh. Therefore, the statement that only men could become pharaohs is false.

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  • 17. 

    Egypt was the first unified nation in history.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Egypt was the first unified nation in history because it was one of the earliest civilizations to develop a centralized government and establish a unified political system. The unification of Upper and Lower Egypt by King Narmer in around 3100 BC marked the beginning of the first dynasty and the formation of a single, cohesive state. This centralized authority allowed for the development of a complex society, including the construction of monumental structures like the pyramids and the establishment of a hierarchal social structure. Therefore, Egypt holds the distinction of being the first nation to achieve political unity in recorded history.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following describes the workforce responsible for building the pyramids?

    • A.

      They were slaves captured in war.

    • B.

      They were native Egyptians who volunteered their time & effort.

    • C.

      They were Egyptians who were conscripted to work by officials of the pharaoh.

    • D.

      They were Egyptians who were provided food and shelter in exchange for their work.

    • E.

      B and D only

    • F.

      C and D only

    Correct Answer
    F. C and D only
    Explanation
    The correct answer is C and D only. This means that the workforce responsible for building the pyramids were Egyptians who were conscripted to work by officials of the pharaoh and were also provided food and shelter in exchange for their work. This suggests that the workers were not slaves captured in war or native Egyptians who volunteered their time and effort.

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  • 19. 

    Hieratic Script is....

    • A.

      A simplified version of hieroglyphics

    • B.

      A writing system used only by the pharaohs

    • C.

      A secret writing system used by Egyptian embalmers

    • D.

      A computer font used for official certificates

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. A simplified version of hieroglyphics
    Explanation
    Hieratic Script is a simplified version of hieroglyphics. Hieratic script was developed as a cursive form of hieroglyphics, making it easier and quicker to write. It was primarily used for administrative and religious purposes in ancient Egypt. Unlike hieroglyphics, which were mainly used for monumental inscriptions, hieratic script was used for everyday writing on papyrus and other materials. It was mainly used by scribes and priests, but not exclusively by pharaohs. Therefore, the correct answer is that Hieratic Script is a simplified version of hieroglyphics.

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  • 20. 

    The three major periods of Egyptian history are known as...

    • A.

      The Old, New, and Improved Kingdoms

    • B.

      The First, Middle, and Last Kingdoms

    • C.

      The Old, Younger, and New Kingdoms

    • D.

      The Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. The Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. This is because these three periods represent significant shifts in Egyptian history. The Old Kingdom was characterized by the construction of the pyramids and the establishment of centralized government. The Middle Kingdom saw a period of reunification and expansion, as well as the development of literature and art. The New Kingdom marked a time of great prosperity and imperial expansion, with notable pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun. These three periods are widely recognized and studied in the field of Egyptology.

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