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Quiz about Egyptian Mythology  The Misunderstood God
Quiz about Egyptian Mythology  The Misunderstood God

Egyptian Mythology - The Misunderstood God? Quiz


Seth is one of the most controversial gods in Egyptian mythology and the stories concerning him are often contradictory. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of this peculiar god.

A multiple-choice quiz by doublemm. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
doublemm
Time
5 mins
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Multiple Choice
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348,470
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. Seth was described as having many wives, but which of his wives was also his older sister? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Many Egyptian deities are associated with animals whose behaviour reflects the role of that specific god. Aside from the obscure and possibly imaginary animal whose head Seth is usually portrayed as having, why is Seth often associated with a pig? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. When Egyptian mythology began to be influenced more and more by the Greeks, with which figure, known as the "Father of All Monsters" did Seth become associated? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which instrument often carried by Seth was originally associated with pharaonic power but soon became linked to chaos? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. A curious turn of events in the battle between Seth and his nephew Horus comes when Horus sprinkles semen onto Seth's favourite food. Which food, which might be more used to having vinaigrette drizzled on it, was this? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In another myth, Seth's testicle is removed by Horus. This added to Seth's association with which geological features? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Despite his trickery while fighting Horus, Seth was actually a very strong and brave god. Which of these acts gained Seth much respect amongst his fellow gods? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The many evil-doings of Seth seem to be relatively late additions to the myths of ancient Egypt. Indeed, Seth was originally a benevolent god of Upper Egypt. What is the major reason for Seth's transformation into an evil figure? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. TRUE or FALSE. Despite the demonisation of Seth, he enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and many pharaohs even took his name.


Question 10 of 10
10. After the council of gods failed to come to a unanimous decision over who (Horus or Seth) should become king, one god's words condemned Seth to lose his claim to the crown. Which god was this? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Seth was described as having many wives, but which of his wives was also his older sister?

Answer: Nephthys

As compensation for the council of the gods ruling that Horus should inherit Osiris' title as king, Seth was given the goddesses Astarte and Asat as wives. Due to Seth's association with the desert and infertility, he never fathered any children, and Nephthys eventually left him following his murder and mutilation of their brother, Osiris.
2. Many Egyptian deities are associated with animals whose behaviour reflects the role of that specific god. Aside from the obscure and possibly imaginary animal whose head Seth is usually portrayed as having, why is Seth often associated with a pig?

Answer: Because is it 'unclean'

For the same reasons, Seth is also associated with the hippopotamus. In one myth, the final battle in the living realm between Seth and Horus, Seth transforms into a giant hippopotamus before he is slain by a harpoon. The long-snouted animal whose head Seth possesses in many depictions is thought to be either a donkey or an ant-eater.
3. When Egyptian mythology began to be influenced more and more by the Greeks, with which figure, known as the "Father of All Monsters" did Seth become associated?

Answer: Typhon

The curved snout and square ears of the animal head of Seth matches a description of the monstrous Typhon from Greek mythology. It is likely that the association with Typhon, who fathered most monsters of Greek mythology with his wife Echidna, was part of the demonisation of the once benevolent Seth.
4. Which instrument often carried by Seth was originally associated with pharaonic power but soon became linked to chaos?

Answer: The Was sceptre

The original positive associations of this symbol seem to have been somewhat lost due to the use of the Was sceptre by Seth, the now discredited god. The sceptre was also linked to the well-being of the dead, and would often be one of the ornaments buried with a person who had died.
5. A curious turn of events in the battle between Seth and his nephew Horus comes when Horus sprinkles semen onto Seth's favourite food. Which food, which might be more used to having vinaigrette drizzled on it, was this?

Answer: Lettuce

This particular tale is one of the more bizarre in Egyptian mythology. Seth, a highly sexual god (despite being infertile), at first tried to rape his nephew Horus. However, Horus caught his uncle's sperm in his hands and ran to his mother Isis. Isis was outraged and cut off Horus' hands, quickly fashioning him a new pair.

In retaliation, Horus sprinkled his own semen on Seth's lettuce. Since the ancient Egyptians held the belief that the victim of rape was the one who was to be shunned, Seth, who was found to contain the seed of Horus, was scorned by his fellow gods.
6. In another myth, Seth's testicle is removed by Horus. This added to Seth's association with which geological features?

Answer: Deserts

Seth's association with the desert predated this encounter with Horus, but the removal of his testicle was used to explain the infertility of the Egyptian deserts. Horus' action was in retaliation to Seth ripping out his eye. Horus' eye was later replaced by Thoth, and it became known as the 'Udjat' and was associated with the moon.
7. Despite his trickery while fighting Horus, Seth was actually a very strong and brave god. Which of these acts gained Seth much respect amongst his fellow gods?

Answer: He helped Re defeat Apep each night

This refers to the journey Re makes each night after sunset, where he encounters the evil serpent Apep, whose goal it is to destroy the sun and, with it, the balance (or Ma'at) of the universe. Seth is one of the many gods who accompanies Re and he, more than any, uses his strength and wit to defeat Apep.
8. The many evil-doings of Seth seem to be relatively late additions to the myths of ancient Egypt. Indeed, Seth was originally a benevolent god of Upper Egypt. What is the major reason for Seth's transformation into an evil figure?

Answer: Demonisation by followers of Horus in Lower Egypt

Perhaps counter-intuitively, Upper Egypt was actually to the south of Lower Egypt. The extent of the demonisation of Seth was such that some depictions of him were altered to show Thoth instead. The role of Seth as protector from the evil god Apep can therefore be considered one tale which failed to be erased by those who hated Seth.
9. TRUE or FALSE. Despite the demonisation of Seth, he enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and many pharaohs even took his name.

Answer: True

The pharaonic name Seti is taken from Seth (or Set) and was the name of two pharaohs of the Nineteenth Dynasty (1292 to 1186 BC). Whereas worship of Seth was usually discouraged since it was seen to bring misery, it did often bring the perk of nice weather.
10. After the council of gods failed to come to a unanimous decision over who (Horus or Seth) should become king, one god's words condemned Seth to lose his claim to the crown. Which god was this?

Answer: Seth himself

The council of gods recognised Horus' strong claim, as the son of Osiris, to the throne, but some thought he was too young and one god even claimed that he could not be king since "his breath smelled terrible". The final condemnation came from Seth himself, who was tricked into siding with a figure representing Horus in an analogous situation described by Isis.

Despite this, Seth continued his war with Horus, as described in my quiz "Egyptian Mythology - The Death of Osiris", until his death.
Source: Author doublemm

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