Ancient History: Egypt : Population Growth , Famine, and the Fall of the Middle Kingdom

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Example Question #1 : Population Growth , Famine, And The Fall Of The Middle Kingdom

Which circumstance most directly lead to the fall the Middle Kingdom?

Possible Answers:

Local governors pushing for more power caused untenable political instability leading to civil war and the kingdom's demise 

Severe droughts starved the population to death

Cultural decadence corrupted Egyptian institutions leading to a period of decline

A series of despotic pharaohs created a sense of paranoia that swept through the Egyptian population and institutions

Foreign invasions from the east decimated the population

Correct answer:

Local governors pushing for more power caused untenable political instability leading to civil war and the kingdom's demise 

Explanation:

The Middle Kingdom saw an increase in democratic practices compared with the Old Kingdom. While kings and royals retained power, nobles and civil servants became deputized and acquired great influence. These officials, known as viziers, eventually demanded more power leading to political instability and collapse.

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