SAT II World History : Ancient Egypt

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Ancient Egypt

A pharaoh was __________.

Possible Answers:

a ruler of ancient Egypt

a slave in ancient Egypt

a mythological figure in ancient Egypt

a religious leader in ancient Egypt

the leader of a rebellion in ancient Egypt

Correct answer:

a ruler of ancient Egypt

Explanation:

Kings and queens of ancient Egypt were called pharoahs. Examples of notable pharaohs include Rameses II, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, and Cleopatra.

Example Question #2 : Ancient Egypt

The Rosetta Stone was used to __________.

Possible Answers:

translate ancient Egyptian writing

locate the pyramids of Giza

All of the other answer choices are correct. 

locate the source of the Nile river

learn about ancient Sumerian religion

Correct answer:

translate ancient Egyptian writing

Explanation:

Prior to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, the written language of ancient Egypt had proven indecipherable. With the Rosetta Stone, people were able to understand the ancient Egyptian written language for the first time in the 1820s.

Example Question #3 : Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians often wrote on __________.

Possible Answers:

bronze

papyrus

cotton

silk

palm leaves. 

Correct answer:

papyrus

Explanation:

The ancient Egyptians wrote on paper that they made from reeds. This paper is called "papyrus."

Example Question #1 : Ancient Egypt

King Menes is generally credited with __________.

Possible Answers:

overthrowing the Egyptian Empire and establishing the Kush Empire 

spreading Christianity into Ancient Egypt 

repelling Roman invasions into Ancient Egypt 

building the pyramids of Giza 

founding the first Ancient Egyptian dynasty

Correct answer:

founding the first Ancient Egyptian dynasty

Explanation:

Menes is an Ancient Egyptian Pharoah who is usually credited with founding the first Egyptian dynasty and uniting Lower and Upper Egypt. 

Example Question #2 : Ancient Egypt

The pyramids of Ancient Egypt were built to __________.

Possible Answers:

serve as government administration buildings during the Middle Kingdom. 

demonstrate the might of the Egyptian Empire to would-be conquerers and travellers 

house the bodies of pharoahs after they had died

house grain and other food supplies during times of surplus 

provide a grand place of worship for the Egyptian people

Correct answer:

house the bodies of pharoahs after they had died

Explanation:

The Pyramids were built during the Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egyptian history to house the bodies of Pharoahs after they had died. 

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