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So you've watched The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, you've heard of the curse of Tutankhamun's tomb, but what do you really know about Egypt? Much of what we learn in school or on the go is often wrong or partial (I can definitely say that from my own experience! :) ), so here's ten questions about Egypt to test what you know. Added bonus - even if this is the first time ever you've even heard of Ancient Egypt, there are references at the end of each question for you to read. :)

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  1. Hathor was the goddess of?
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    Papyri
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    Farming and homesteads
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    Music, dance, singing and love
  2. The two goddesses represented in feline form are?
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    Amaunet and Anouke
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    Bastet and Sakhmet
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    Isis and Hetepet
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    Neith and Nut
  3. The sun god sailed a boat. Each night, it sank into the Nile, where a giant serpent Apep tried to devour it. Who helped Ra overcome it?
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    His two hounds
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    A crocodile deity
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    Seth and Mehen
  4. Who was Champollion and what is his connection to Egypt?
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    He discovered the pyramids
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    He found Tutankhamun
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    He deciphered the Rosetta Stone, which led to deciphering the hieroglyphs
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    Wrong!

    Read more about this here.

  5. What did Napoleon’s soldiers do?
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    Robbed Nefertiti’s tomb
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    Shot up the Sphinx’s nose
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    Probably caused damage, but nothing spectacular
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    Wrong!

    Contrary to popular belief, the Sphinx seems to have lost his nose due a fanatical Sufi in the 14th Century, who took offence at potential syncretic behaviour of the locals. Syncretism is when previous religions and folklore become adopted into a new one as a legitimate part of it. All religions are syncretic. You can read more about the Sphinx's nose here.

  6. Hatshepsut was…
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    The first Egyptian healer
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    A female pharaoh
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    A great priestess
  7. Who were the Hyksos?
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    An invader force in the 2nd intermediate period
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    The architects who designed the pyramids
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    Pharaoh’s personal physicians
  8. Kush was...
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    A southern portion of Nubia
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    North of Congo
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    A western section of Libya
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    Wrong!

    You can learn more here!

  9. Who won the Battle of Kadesh?
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    The Hittites
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    The Egyptians
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    We’re not sure, but it was probably a draw
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    You can read more about the Battle of Kadesh in Nicholas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, Blackwell Books: 1992, p.256.

  10. How many scripts are there?
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    1 – Hieroglyphs
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    2 – Hieroglyphs and Hieratic
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    4 – Hieroglyphs, Hieratic, Demotic, and Coptic
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