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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. Who does Nefernefernefer ask for the first time she meets Sinuhe?
(a) Metufer, a classmate.
(b) The priest.
(c) Sinuhe's father.
(d) Ptahor.

2. What happens to the false king at the end of the Day of the False King?
(a) He co-rules the country.
(b) He is killed.
(c) He remains king.
(d) He becomes a servant.

3. What does Minea threaten to do on the boat to escape Sinuhe?
(a) She threatens to sacrifice herself while dancing with the bulls.
(b) She threatens to report Sinuhe to the king of Babylon.
(c) She threatens to jump overboard.
(d) She threatens to dance.

4. When the prince is crowned, who is his royal consort?
(a) The Queen Taia.
(b) Priest Eie.
(c) The Princess of Mitanni, who still playes with dolls.
(d) Baketamon.

5. How many days does Sinuhe serve in the House of Death?
(a) 30.
(b) 70.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many years has the King reigned in Hatti?

2. What god does the young heir call upon to bless his father at the opening of his skull?

3. What is on the roof at the inn where Sinuhe stays in Babylon?

4. To get off the boat, what does Kaptah suggest he, Sinuhe, and Minea pretend to be?

5. When the god Ammon statue talks to Sinuhe, whose voice does Sinuhe hear?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is Ptahor's job? Is this a cure for any disease or is this a quick way to die? Why do you think Ptahor is called to the pharaoh?

3. 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?

4. What is the scarab to Kaptah? What is the scarab to Sinuhe? How do the two belief systems differ? How does Kaptah anoint the scarab?

5. 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?

6. When Minea, Kaptah and Sinuhe are traveling pretending to be performers, Sinuhe continues to cure the sick. Why does he do this? Cannot this lead to discovery of who they are? Is this dangerous? Why would he do this and put all their lives in danger?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. How does Sinuhe feel when the priest gives voice to the statue of Ammon? How does this affect his belief system? What do you think Sinuhe will think later on about religion?

10. As the novel progresses, Kaptah begins to refer to the property of Sinuhe as "our" as in "our" house, "our" scarab and even "our" gold. What does this indicate to the reader? Does Sinuhe seem aware of these changes? If he does, does he care? Why? Why not? What does this say about their relationship?

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