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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. What color are Nefernefernefer's eyes?
(a) Green.
(b) Brown.
(c) Gray.
(d) Blue.

2. Why does Sinuhe take no money for his slave girl Keftiu?
(a) He wants to secure a friendship.
(b) He wants to get rid of Keftiu.
(c) He wants to visit the king is his country.
(d) Kaptah takes money from the king.

3. What does Sinuhe do with the scarab that he finds?
(a) He gives it to the stranger.
(b) He gives it to Kaptah as a god.
(c) He gives it to Nefernefernefer.
(d) He leaves it on his mother's grave.

4. Who is Sinuhe's first teacher, hired by his father?
(a) Oneh.
(b) Hormeheb.
(c) Kaptah.
(d) Ptahor.

5. What, according to Sinuhe's father, is the most important thing for a young man to learn if he wants to be leader among his people?
(a) To know how to open a skull.
(b) To speak well.
(c) To know the royal family.
(d) To write.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Horemheb make money on his men after he give them their rewards?

2. What does Sinuhe treat King Aziru for?

3. What does Sinuhe do with the gift from Nefernefernefer?

4. How does Ptahor arrive at Sinuhe's house?

5. What happens to the false king at the end of the Day of the False King?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Horemheb want Sinuhe to be his spy? What does Sinuhe have to offer that others cannot? What does Sinuhe have to gain from this experience? Will this affect Sinuhe's life if and when he returns to Egypt? Why? Why not?

2. When Sinuhe says that a man who knows the Babylonian language can be understood throughout the world, what does this say about Babylon? If Egypt is the most powerful land on earth, then why would the Egyptian language be the most important language? What does this say about politics of the time?

3. When Sinuhe opens a skull and finds that the "disease had laid its egg" what does he mean by that? What is the egg inside the man's head? What does Sinuhe do with it? How does he repair the opening? What is significant about the fact that the man falls from a wall three days later and breaks his neck and dies? What is that supposed to symbolize?

4. Why does Sinuhe continue to give Nefernefernefer all he possesses? Why can he not pull himself away from her? What is her appeal to Sinuhe? What is his behavior a metaphor for?

5. Explain the process that Sinuhe is taught in school about life after death. Who is Osiris? Who is the Devourer? What does the Devourer look like? Who is the Backward-Gazer? Why is this important knowledge for the average Egyptian?

6. Why do Kipa and Senmut tell their neighbors that Kipa gave birth to Sinuhe? Why does Senmut register Sinuhe in the book of births? What will this do for Sinuhe later in life? What difference will this make in his life?

7. When Ptahor is opening the skull of the pharaoh, the young prince steps forward and speaks of a blessing from the god Aton. How does Ptahor react to this? Why does he react as he does?

8. When Sinuhe enters the House of Life to study, what advise does he take to heart? How does this decision affect his relationships with his classmates and teachers? Is it the right way to behave or did this hurt him in the long run?

9. Why does Senmut take Sinuhe to meet Inteb, the warrior? What lesson does Senmut want Sinuhe to leave with?

10. On the night that Ammon is supposed to appear before the students in the House of Life, what happens to Sinuhe? What does he do that is different from his classmates? Why does he tell the truth to the priest in the morning? What does this say about his basic character?

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