In anticipation of Jesse Rainbow’s upcoming September class, Egypt’s Greatest Pharaohs, we put together a quiz on that intriguing subject!
1. To keep their blood lines pure, Pharaohs only married:
A. Members of their own race.
B. Members of their own family.
C. Members of their own social class.
2. The last Pharoah of Egypt was a woman. Who was she?
3. How did 19-year old King Tut die?
A. He was gored by a hippo.
B. He was murdered.
C. He had malaria and a leg infection.
4. The word Pharaoh means:
C. Great House.
5. Cleopatra’s first husband was:
A. Julius Caesar.
B. Mark Anthony.
C. Her half-brother.
6. All Pharaohs wore:
A. Ceremonial robes.
C. Fake beards.
7. A Pharaoh’s meal typically consisted of…
A. Meat, grain, and wine.
B. Bread, honey and beer/wine.
C. Rice, corn, and beer.
1. B. Pharaoh’s married family members to keep their bloodlines pure. This enabled them also to claim ancestry from the Gods so the family bloodlines were even more important. DNA research on King Tut showed his parents were brother and sister.
2. B. Cleopatra was the last Pharaoh. She tried and failed to hold off the Romans under Augustus.
3. C. DNA research showed that King Tut died of malaria which exacerbated his leg infection.
4. C. The word “pharaoh” means “great house”. It is a Greek word that referred to the palace of the king, rather than the ruler specifically.
5. C. Per Egyptian custom, she married two of her brothers (one after the other one died).
6. B, C. Both male and female pharaohs wore fake beards and makeup. Egyptians were obsessed with being hairless, and made sure that they were hair-free, so their beards were fake.
7. B. Egyptians had a poor diet, and DNA testing shows obesity and diabetes among the Pharaohs.