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Quiz about Tales of the Pyramid
Quiz about Tales of the Pyramid

Tales of the Pyramid Trivia Quiz


A step pyramid was built in ancient Egypt approximately 4700 years ago. What do you know about the oldest pyramid in Egypt?

A photo quiz by ponycargirl. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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ponycargirl
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3 mins
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376,935
Updated
Jul 15 22
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1. During what stage in Egyptian history was the step pyramid built? Hint

New Kingdom
Hyksos Era
Middle Kingdom
Old Kingdom

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2. The first step pyramid in Egypt was constructed for the pharaoh Netjerykhet, who was eventually given what other name? Hint

Senedj
Narmer
Djoser
Anedjib

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3. Who was the architect of the step pyramid in Egypt? Hint

Taita
Imhotep
Thutmose
Ahhotep

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4. The step pyramid in Egypt was built in six stages. What term, which also describes early Egyptian tombs, is used to denote each level? Hint

Shabti
Mastaba
Ankh
Cenotaph

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5. What building material was used for the facade of the Egyptian step pyramid? Hint

Quartz
Limestone
Gneiss
Pumice

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6. In what ancient Egyptian necropolis was the step pyramid build? Hint

Memphis
Saqqara
Heliopolis
Thebes

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7. Which of the following was NOT found in the complex where the Egyptian step pyramid was located? Hint

South Tomb
Enclosure Wall
Karnak Lake
Roofted Colonnade Entrance

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8. The step pyramid in Egypt is considered to be the oldest large-scale cut stone construction in the world.

True
False

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9. The king's body was found inside the burial chamber of the step pyramid in Egypt.

True
False

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10. Which archaeologist gained renown by working at the Egyptian step pyramid complex site? Hint

Sir Leonard Wooley
Jean-Philipe Lauer
Heinrich Schliemann
Howard Carter


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. During what stage in Egyptian history was the step pyramid built?

Answer: Old Kingdom

The Old Kingdom, also called the Pyramid Age, is marked by a dramatic change in architectural style as the ancient Egyptians embarked on massive building projects. Although pyramid building originated with the Egyptian third dynasty in the 2600s BC, it was during the fourth dynasty that pyramid building is considered to have reached its zenith. Sneferu built three pyramids including the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur; his son, Khufu, grandson, Khafre, and great-grandson, Menkaure, put the Gizeh plateau on the map. Pyramid building ended in approximately 1790 BC during the Middle Kingdom. Sources differ on the number of known pyramids constructed in Egypt; sources estimate anywhere from 80 to 138.
2. The first step pyramid in Egypt was constructed for the pharaoh Netjerykhet, who was eventually given what other name?

Answer: Djoser

Djoser, or Zoser, was the son of Khasekhemwy and Nimaethap. Sources vary on the number of years he reigned over Egypt. However, it is known that he sponsored expeditions to the Sinai Peninsula, where the Egyptians acquired copper and turquoise. In addition, he may have expanded the empire south to the first cataract of the Nile. Of course, his biggest claim to fame was providing for the building of the step pyramid.

The statue of Djoser in the picture, located today at the Cairo Museum, is the oldest known life-size Egyptian statue.
3. Who was the architect of the step pyramid in Egypt?

Answer: Imhotep

Imhotep was the pharaoh's vizier, or highest adviser. Considered to be the earliest architect known by name, Imhotep was also an engineer, physician, and high priest of Ra. After his death, Imhotep was worshipped as the deity of healing and medicine. Although it has never been uncovered, it is believed that Imhotep build his own funeral complex in close proximity to the step pyramid.
4. The step pyramid in Egypt was built in six stages. What term, which also describes early Egyptian tombs, is used to denote each level?

Answer: Mastaba

Predynastic Egyptians were buried in the sand, a practice that was continued for centuries by commoners who could not afford any other type of burial. The sand produced natural mummies, corresponding with a belief which was central to the Egyptian belief in the afterlife, but did not provide adequate protection for the body. Wealthy Egyptians needed another plan.

They began to build mastabas to serve as tombs, which not only protected the body from grave robbers, but also from animals like jackals that would unearth the body. Mastabas, however, were not the final solution to the problem. Natural mummification did not take place there as the body did not make contact with the dry, hot sand, and many times the body decayed.

Although some continued to use mastabas as tombs for many centuries, it would not do as the final resting place of the divine pharaoh.

Other forms of mummification needed to be devised, and new burial sites had to be found. The step pyramid was built in six stages, and may well have been a totally experimental building prototype.

When completed it was 62 meters (203 feet) tall, with a base that measured 109 m 125 m (358 ft 410 ft).
5. What building material was used for the facade of the Egyptian step pyramid?

Answer: Limestone

The completed structure must have been a sight to behold! Imagine how the white polished limestone must have shined with the desert sun glaring down on it! It is believed the limestone was quarried on site as a great trench was constructed around the complex that measured 750 m long and 40 m wide. The purpose of the trench? To make entry into the complex more difficult.
6. In what ancient Egyptian necropolis was the step pyramid build?

Answer: Saqqara

Saqqara, also spelled Sakkara or Saccara, was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. Archaeologists have found many mastabas and pyramids there. The earliest tombs located there belong to pharaohs of the second dynasty. While later pharaohs choose other sites as their resting places, many nobles continued to have tombs constructed at Saqqara.
7. Which of the following was NOT found in the complex where the Egyptian step pyramid was located?

Answer: Karnak Lake

Outside the enclosure wall of the complex is a huge trench, presumably made to make it more difficult to enter the complex. The next structure, called the Enclosure Wall, is a limestone wall that is 10.5m high. A roofed colonnade led to the area called the South Court, which some believe was used as a sort of territorial marker that allowed the pharaoh to claim control over all of Egypt. South of the South Court is the South Tomb.

This may have been constructed to house the "ka" (soul or spirit) in the afterlife, or perhaps to hold the canopic jars buried with a mummy.

There is also quite a labyrinth of passages under the step pyramid, as well as the North Temple, used as a mortuary temple, the Serdab Court, from which the "ka" of the pharaoh could watch ceremonies, and the Heb-sed Court, where the ceremony that celebrated the rule of the pharaoh was performed. Altogether, the complex covered approximately 40 acres.
8. The step pyramid in Egypt is considered to be the oldest large-scale cut stone construction in the world.

Answer: True

Had the ancients planned to just build a mastaba, or did they have something else in mind? This question has been a matter of debate for years; many archaeologists now believe that the plan all along was to build something more than a mastaba. While mastabas are rectangular, the understructure of the step pyramid is square.

There is evidence, however, that the architect did make some design changes during construction. The square understructure went through at least two revisions to make it rectangular.
9. The king's body was found inside the burial chamber of the step pyramid in Egypt.

Answer: False

Beneath the step pyramid there is a maze of tunnels; even so, the burial chamber of the pharaoh was found empty, although a mummified left foot was discovered. Did it belong to the pharaoh? Radiocarbon dating suggests that the foot belonged to a person who lived years after the king.

It does appear that other members of the royal family were also buried in the complex; Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian aracheologist, has said that eleven of the king's daughters were buried there.
10. Which archaeologist gained renown by working at the Egyptian step pyramid complex site?

Answer: Jean-Philipe Lauer

A French archaeologist, at one time Jean-Philipe Lauer was considered to be the foremost expert on pyramid construction. He worked on projects around the step pyramid complex for seventy-five years. Nicknamed "the forgotten of God" by the Egyptian workers, he was still working at the site when he was ninety years old!
Source: Author ponycargirl

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