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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 is life different for a physician in Syria compared to Egypt?
(a) A physician get paid monthly.
(b) A physician must be documented by the king.
(c) The physician must seek out patients instead of them coming to him.
(d) A physician does not treat poor people.

2. What does Sinuhe transport Kaptah in to get him to the boat to escape Babylon?
(a) Hidden in a barrel.
(b) Rolled in a mat.
(c) He dresses him like a woman.
(d) In a large earthenware jar.

3. Who is in the pharaoh's bedroom when Ptahor and Sinuhe arrive to open the skull?
(a) The royal consort Taia, Amenhotep, and Baketamon.
(b) The royal consort Taia only.
(c) Amenhotel, the heir only.
(d) The priest Eie.

4. What, according to the prince, Amenhotep, is an abomination to Aton?
(a) The Nile.
(b) Blood.
(c) His son.
(d) Taxes.

5. What kind of houses do the people of Babylon live in?
(a) Stone structures.
(b) Wooden structures.
(c) Townhouses, four or five stories high.
(d) Small adobe huts.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Sinuhe opens a man's skull in Mitanni, what does he find?

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

3. Other than Ptahor, whom does Sinuhe's father ask to dinner?

4. How are the children of Mitanni described by Sinuhe?

5. Who is the king of Babylon?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. When Sinuhe and Kaptah arrive in Babylon, Kaptah wants Sinuhe to announce his presence to the other physicians in a certain way. How does he want Sinuhe to announce that he is in Babylonia? Why? Why is this important to their relationships with others? Is this political correctness for the time? Why?

3. 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?

4. Explain how embalming works int he House of Death. What do the priest tell people who bring their loved ones for preparation for burial? What do they actually do? How does Sinuhe view this?

5. Why does Sinuhe feel that Mitanni is doomed? Where is Mitanni in relation to other countries? Why does this mean extinction for these people?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. In Babylon, the astrologers know the heavenly bodies. What does this tell us about the people of Babylon? Is this advanced science for the time? Why? Why not? How will this knowledge affect the gods that they worship?

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