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10 Quiz Questions on Ancient Egypt

10 Quiz Questions on Ancient Egypt

By November 15, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

With Christmas just around the corner many people will be putting together family quizzes and so we have put together our top 10 quiz questions on ancient Egypt for you to use this festive season or any other time.
Egypt Quiz
1-What does the name Cairo mean?
The capital of Egypt – Cairo’s official name is al-Qāhirah (in Arabic), which means the strong or the victorious.
The origins of the city can be traced back to the Egyptian capital of Memphis, which is believed to have been founded in the early 4th millennium BC. Then following the arrival of Caliph al-Mu’izz li Din Allah of the Fatimid dynasty in 973 he gave the city its present name, al-Qahira (“The Victorious“). Cairo remained the capital to the end of the Fatimid dynasty 200 years later, and has remained the capital of Egypt through the Ottoman rule to the present day.
2-We all know the iconic picture of the three pyramids of Giza but what are they each called?
Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure
The Pyramid of Khufu or the Great Pyramid was built by Pharaoh Khufu around 2550 B.C. It is the largest of the three Giza Pyramids, measuring 481 feet in height.
The Pyramid of Khafre was built around 2520 B.C. by Pharaoh Khufu’s son, Pharaoh Khafre. This pyramid measures 448 feet in height, making it the second largest of the three Giza Pyramids.
The Pyramid of Menkaure was built around 2490 B.C., during the reign of Pharaoh Menkaure. This structure rises to a height of 215 feet.
3-Ancient Egyptians had cures for many ailments. For toothache they would put a dead what on the bad tooth?
Dead mouse!
4-Which James Bond film has scenes filmed at the Giza pyramids and at Karnak Temple in Luxor?
The spy who loved me
The 10th film in the James Bond series and saw the creation of the famous “007 Stage” at Pinewood Studios and the introduction of the character “Jaws”. Major sequences in the film were shot in Egypt and produced one of the most memorable Bond movies.
5-The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. Who sponsored the dig?
Lord Carnarvon
Exceedingly wealthy, Carnarvon (whose home Highclere Castle was the setting for Downton Abbey) at first best known as an owner of racehorses and a reckless driver of early cars, suffering in 1901 a serious motoring accident in Germany a result of which he travelled for warmer climates to aid his health. He went to Egypt first in 1903 and took up Egyptology as a hobby to help him pass away the winter days and the rest, as they say, is history.
6-Ancient Egyptians believed the god Anubis weighed what in the human body to see if the person would be allowed into the afterlife?
Liver B.Brain C. Heart D.Kidney
Answer: C. Heart
The heart was to be weighed against the feather of Maat (goddess of truth) and if too light or too heavy then entry to the next life was denied and worse still the person taken away for destruction!
7-Who was the longest reigning Pharaoh?
Ramses II B. Tutenkhamun C. Pepi II D. Cleopatra
Answer C. Pepi II
Pharaoh Pepi II (2246-2152 B.C.) had the longest reign in history—94 years. He became Egypt’s king when he was only 6 years old.
8-The ancient Egyptians needed to try and predict when the Nile would flood each year and this led to the development of the first what?
The world’s first calendar – the first people to have a year consisting of 365 days divided into 12 months. Evidence of this can be seen at the Kom Ombo temple North of Aswan.
9-The Nile is the world’s longest river – to the nearest kilometre how long is it?
A fun question to let people guess. Give a mark or two whatever you feel to the person who guesses the closest!
Answer: 6741km or 4189 miles
It flows South to North from the East Africa Highlands to the Mediterranean Sea.
10-What was the main drink for Ancient Egyptians?
Beer – a great answer for Christmas time 
Both beer and wine were offered to the gods at temples and to the spirits of the dead at tombs. They were also drunk at festivals and celebrations and beer was as much a staple as bread. In the myth of “The Destruction of Mankind”, the ferocious lioness goddess Sekhmet is prevented from wiping out mankind altogether by being made drunk on beer dyed red to resemble human blood (don’t try this at home!).

What our clients have to say

I just wanted to drop you a few lines to express just how much Charlie and I enjoyed our trip last week. We returned home yesterday with hundreds of photos and a lifetime of memories.
I cannot thank enough, the Dream Crew, Mahmood and our wonderful guide Ahmed, for their outstanding service; nothing was too much trouble for them and they all worked tirelessly (and seamlessly) to provide exceptional service. It was without fault. Ahmed particularly was incredible, with his extensive knowledge of all things Egyptian and we wish him well with his studies finishing his PhD in Egyptology!
When the boat was caught up in a sandstorm, the crew moved our dining location downstairs to the lounge without it seems, any great effort and ensured our safety at all times. We appreciated this very much. Again, an experience we are very unlikely to every have again. Who would have thought that we would have been caught up on a sandstorm, when on a boat, sailing down the Nile? Despite being forced to moor up for longer than expected, we did not feel that we had missed out on anything and efforts were made to ensure that we made up for lost time too. What a story to tell our Grandchildren! I have been told that this was an exceptionally rare experience which makes it all the more interesting.
We have seen sights which we are not likely to see again and the ‘piece de la resistance’ was being able to go to the valley of the Kings which somehow, I had missed on the itinerary! What an absolute bonus. To be able to get inside some of the tombs and see their magnificent artwork was mind blowing.
Finally, I also wanted to praise the wonderful cook who, despite the small kitchen, produced meal after meal of wonderful food and just how he managed to get 12 plates of food out for serving at the same time, was mind blowing. We’ve been to bigger restaurants who have failed to do that for just a handful of us. The food was wonderful and to be able to get a sample of local Egyptian food to eat, was brilliant. On one occasion, he produced battered fish which was possibly the best we have ever tasted.
All in all, it has been the best holiday we have every had, thanks in no small part, to the wonderful organisation and service provided by everyone on the Dream.
Kind regards,
Susan and Charlie (aka Queen Hatshepsut and Seti I)
Travel Date March 2020

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