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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Arkoun die?
(a) Taita cuts off his head.
(b) He receives a deep arrow wound in his chest.
(c) Tanus fatally stabs him.
(d) He falls off the castle bridge, a thousand feet down.

2. What is the name of the place where the two rivers meet?
(a) Tehuti.
(b) Qebui.
(c) Cush.
(d) Bathsheba.

3. Why is Taita able to build an experimental squadron of chariots?
(a) Taita is too stubborn to stop experimenting.
(b) Tanus thinks the chariots are the only way to vanquish the Hyksos.
(c) Lostris is too proud to back down after she gave him the order.
(d) Tanus believes strongly in the military potential of the chariots.

4. Why does Taita wait with Tanus's body the full forty days of embalming?
(a) He wants to ensure the embalming is done properly.
(b) He is also preparing Tanus's tomb to receive his body.
(c) He is afraid to face the queen's grief.
(d) Memnon wants him to ensure the body is safely transported.

5. What is the name of the warriors who are coming from the east?
(a) Khetkhet.
(b) Hyksos.
(c) Kom-Ombo.
(d) Memnon.

Short Answer Questions

1. After passing the first cataract, what animal do Taita and his charioteers hunt?

2. How does Lostris ensure that Tanus is a part of her son's life?

3. Why are the Egyptians easily able to capture the Shilluk village in Cush?

4. After Lostris gives birth to a daughter, how soon must Taita have another dream to explain another pregnancy?

5. After setting up the stone monument, why does the queen give Taita the Gold of Praise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Taita call the worst day in Egypt's history? Why does he say this? How is he one of the central characters in the actions of this day, though it may not seem like it?

2. How does Pharaoh bring justice following the revelation of Lord Intef as Akh-Seth? How is his punishment for the Shrikes suitable? Additionally, how is it the harshest punishment an Egyptian can suffer?

3. How does Lord Intef die? Considering his life, is this a suitable death? Why?

4. How does Taita explain Lostris's second pregnancy? Why does the council believe him? What from Lostris's reputation prepares them to believe Taita's story?

5. What happens when the Nile floods? How does this event bring together science and religious observation? How is it also an opportunity for vice, particularly greed?

6. Why does Nembet disregard Tanus's warning about the Hyksos army? What does this say about gaining a military reputation in ancient Egypt? What ultimate price does Nembet pay?

7. Why do Lostris and Tanus disagree over the fate of the Hyksos horses? How does this argument illustrate their respective places in society?

8. What is Pharaoh's reaction to the revelation of Akh-Seth? How does this demonstrate his weakness as a leader?

9. At age five, how does Memnon begin to assert himself? How does Smith draw out the contradictions between his age and his social position? What does Memnon's attitude predict for the future?

10. Both Tanus and Taita are struck with longing for Ethiopians possessions: the blue sword and the horses, respectively. How do these passion signal deep trouble in the future? How do these desires change the men's thinking?

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