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Quiz about Egyptian Mythology  The Death of Osiris
Quiz about Egyptian Mythology  The Death of Osiris

Egyptian Mythology - The Death of Osiris Quiz


The death of Osiris is one of the most important events in Egyptian mythology and is one of its most commonly told stories. Take this quiz to see how much you know about it.

A multiple-choice quiz by doublemm. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
doublemm
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
348,469
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
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Question 1 of 10
1. Following the end of Re's reign as pharaoh, Osiris ruled with his sister-wife Isis. As the people of Egypt grew to love Osiris, his brother Seth began to hate him and envy his power. Why did Seth, a powerful god himself, not let his feelings of hatred show? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Once Osiris had returned from his travels, Seth greeted his brother with apparent love and even held a banquet in his honour. How did this night of celebrations end? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Seth then threw the body of Osiris into the Nile, which carried the once great king to a city where Osiris' body was stopped by a tree, which grew to envelope him. In which city, now in Lebanon, was this said to have taken place? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Knowing that something terrible had befallen her husband, Isis set out to find him. By speaking to the local children, the wise goddess was guided to the palace of Queen Astarte. Why was Isis taken here? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. At the palace of Queen Astarte, Isis was put in charge of caring for the young prince, whom she became fond of. After one day interrupting a spell of Isis, the queen realised the true form of the goddess and begged her to take anything she desired from the palace. What important spell was Isis carrying out? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Isis demanded the body of Osiris as compensation from Queen Astarte. Before she could return home, Isis hid the body of her husband so that she could go and collect her son, Horus. What happened to the body of Osiris while Isis was gone? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. With the help of Nephthys and Anubis, Isis once again began the search for her husband. All of the body parts of Osiris were recovered, apart from one. Which body part was not found, as it had been eaten by a hungry fish? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Osiris now came to dwell in Duat, the place of the dead, and ruled over the judgement of souls. What was the name of the region of Duat where Osiris' hall was found? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Osiris, embittered by the actions of his brother Seth, now relied on his son Horus to avenge him. Which wise goddess, the mother of the crocodile-headed Sobek, was asked to decide which of the two claimants (Seth or Horus) should become king? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Since the council of gods failed to enforce their decision as to who should become king after the death of Osiris, Seth and Horus embarked on a lengthy war to decide for themselves. The eventual victor was Horus, who slew his uncle Seth when Seth assumed the form of which beast? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Following the end of Re's reign as pharaoh, Osiris ruled with his sister-wife Isis. As the people of Egypt grew to love Osiris, his brother Seth began to hate him and envy his power. Why did Seth, a powerful god himself, not let his feelings of hatred show?

Answer: Isis kept a watchful eye on him

Isis was all-seeing and Seth needed to act clandestinely in order to overthrow his older brother. After Isis learned of the secret name of Re, the position of pharaoh was filled by Osiris, who taught the Egyptian people laws and how to hunt and live in a civilised society. Also, Isis introduced crops such as wheat and barley to the Egyptians.
2. Once Osiris had returned from his travels, Seth greeted his brother with apparent love and even held a banquet in his honour. How did this night of celebrations end?

Answer: Seth trapped Osiris in a chest after challenging him to fit in it

Seth invited Osiris to a dinner with 72 evil conspirators (although the number varies between stories). Before the dinner, Seth had secretly measured the body proportions of his brother and had ordered a chest to be made of expensive wood and designed with intricate detail. Once drunk, Osiris lept into the chest with the promise that it would be his if he fit, but the lid was immediately shut and the king was trapped.
3. Seth then threw the body of Osiris into the Nile, which carried the once great king to a city where Osiris' body was stopped by a tree, which grew to envelope him. In which city, now in Lebanon, was this said to have taken place?

Answer: Byblos

Hapi, the keeper of the Nile, carried the chest into the Great Green Sea to the city of Byblos. The fine chest in which Osiris was trapped was itself trapped by the tree which grew tall and was admired by many.
4. Knowing that something terrible had befallen her husband, Isis set out to find him. By speaking to the local children, the wise goddess was guided to the palace of Queen Astarte. Why was Isis taken here?

Answer: The tree which contained the body of Osiris was cut down and made into a pillar

Whilst hunting, the king of Byblos saw the impressive tree growing by the water and ordered it to be cut down and taken to his palace, where it would be used as a pillar. After being informed of the whereabouts of her husband's body by the children, Isis blessed children with great wisdom (even if it was usually never heard).
5. At the palace of Queen Astarte, Isis was put in charge of caring for the young prince, whom she became fond of. After one day interrupting a spell of Isis, the queen realised the true form of the goddess and begged her to take anything she desired from the palace. What important spell was Isis carrying out?

Answer: She was making the young prince immortal

The young prince had suffered terribly from illness and, since he was a favourite of Isis, the goddess attempted to make him immortal. To do this, the young boy was surrounded by flames as Isis, in the form of a swallow, flew around the room casting her spells. Seeing her son on fire, the queen understandably let out a cry of terror, breaking the spell and ensuring that her son could never become immortal.
6. Isis demanded the body of Osiris as compensation from Queen Astarte. Before she could return home, Isis hid the body of her husband so that she could go and collect her son, Horus. What happened to the body of Osiris while Isis was gone?

Answer: It was found by Seth and chopped up into many pieces

Before setting out to find Osiris, Isis had left her precious son Horus in the care of the goddess Buto, who lived on an isolated island. However, the body of Osiris was not as well hidden and it was found by chance by Seth while out hunting. Determined to finish the job which he had started, Seth chopped the body up into many pieces and scattered it across the length of the Nile.
7. With the help of Nephthys and Anubis, Isis once again began the search for her husband. All of the body parts of Osiris were recovered, apart from one. Which body part was not found, as it had been eaten by a hungry fish?

Answer: His penis

It was important that all the body parts of Osiris were found, so that Isis could make her husband whole again and that he could enter the afterlife. Angry with the hungry fish which had consumed the penis of her husband, Isis cursed their kind, deeming them unclean for Egyptians to eat (although this was never seriously practiced). Isis fashioned a new penis for her husband so that he could pass into the land of the dead.
8. Osiris now came to dwell in Duat, the place of the dead, and ruled over the judgement of souls. What was the name of the region of Duat where Osiris' hall was found?

Answer: Amenti

The night boat of Re, called the Mesektet, would guide the souls of those who had died into the afterlife. They travelled through the first region (that of night), into the second region, where dead heroes dwelt in peace, then into the third region, Amenti, where Osiris' Hall of Judgement awaited them.
9. Osiris, embittered by the actions of his brother Seth, now relied on his son Horus to avenge him. Which wise goddess, the mother of the crocodile-headed Sobek, was asked to decide which of the two claimants (Seth or Horus) should become king?

Answer: Neith

Neith's creation is a subject of debate among the various regional mythologies, but it is apparent that she is one of the most ancient deities. In one story she is even said to have given birth to Re from the waters of Nun, having been self-created herself. Neith declared that Horus should become king, but that Seth should be compensated in the form of two wives.

This was rejected by Seth and the power struggle between the two gods continued.
10. Since the council of gods failed to enforce their decision as to who should become king after the death of Osiris, Seth and Horus embarked on a lengthy war to decide for themselves. The eventual victor was Horus, who slew his uncle Seth when Seth assumed the form of which beast?

Answer: A giant red hippopotamus

The two gods each possessed an army, but the conflict eventually came down to a one-on-one battle, where each used magic to transform themselves. Seth transformed himself into a giant hippopotamus, capable of destroying Horus and his entire army, but Horus quickly transformed into a giant hunter, and harpooned his evil uncle, who passed into the afterlife and left Horus to become the next king.

It was said that when Horus himself passed into Duat, the two continued their war, competing for the souls of the dead.
Source: Author doublemm

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