Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow in full sentences
THE CURSE OF KING TUTANKHAMEN,S MUMMY
Death Shall Come on Swift Wings To Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King…
(Supposedly engraved on the exterior of the king Tutankhamen’s Tomb.)
King Tut was only eight or nine when he became the ruler of Egypt. He was nineteen when he died, perhaps murdered by his enemies. His tomb, in comparison with others, was modest. After his death, his successors made an attempt to destroy his memory by removing his name from all the official records, even those carved in stone. As it turns out, his enemy’s effort only ensured his eventual fame.
The ancient Egyptians honoured their kings as gods. Upon their deaths the kings’ bodies were carefully preserved by embalming. The mummified corpses were then placed in elaborate tombs and surrounded with the riches the royals would need in the next life. The tombs were then carefully sealed. Egypt’s best architects designed the structures to resist thieves. In some cases heavy, hard-granite plugs were used to block passageways. In others, false doorways and hidden rooms were designed to fool intruders. Finally, in a few cases, a curse was placed on the entrance.
In 1891, a young Englishman, named Howard carter, arrived in Egypt. Over the years he became convinced that there was at least one undiscovered tomb, that of the almost unknown King Tutankhamen. The other archaeologists did not believe in the existence of this tomb. Carter found a backer for his tomb search in the wealthy Lord Carnarvon. For five years Carter dug looking for the missing King and found nothing.
Carnarvon summoned Carter to England in 1922 to tell him he was calling off the search. Carter managed to talk the lord into supporting him for one more reason of digging. Returning to Egypt the archaeologist brought with him a yellow canary. “A golden bird!” Carter’s foreman, Reis Ahmed, exclaimed. “It will lead us to the tomb!”
Perhaps it did. On 4 November 1922 carter’s workmen discovered debris left over from the building of the tomb of Rameses IV. Digging further they found fifteen steps leading to ancient doorway that appeared to be still sealed. On the doorway was the name Tutankhamen.
His remains are still contained in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor, Egypt. His famous burial mask is on public display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
1.1Refer to the title and subtitle of Text A
1.1.1 The type of sentence used in the tittle is a:
D Question (1)
1.1.2 The purpose of the ellipsis in the subtitle is to:
A Stress the seriousness of the writer’s words
B Indicate the stupidity of such an act
C Allow the reader to complete the sentence
D Replace the words that didn’t fit in (2)
1.1.3 Is the following statement True or False? Quote one word to prove your
There is no proof that this warning was engraved on the exterior of king Tutankhamen’s Tomb. (1)
1.1.4 Describe the presumed curse of this Tomb in your own words (3)
1.2Refer to paragraph 1
1.2.2 What is the nickname of the king whose tomb was found by Howard Carter? (1)
1.2.2 Why is this tomb so famous? (2)
1.3 Refer to paragraph 2
1.3.1 The word ‘ancient’ means…….
D Modern (1)
1.3.2 Name two ways in which the kings’ tombs were safeguarded against theft. (2)
1.3.3 Do you believe that a curse could keep people away from the tomb? (2)
1.3.4 Do you think they were valuables articles in Tutankhamen’s grave? Give two reasons to
Motivate your answer. (2)
1.4 Refer to paragraphs 3 and 4
1.4.1 How do u know that Howard Carter did not have money of his own to start and continue the Search for the tomb? (2)
1.4.2 Why did Reis Ahmed call the canary Carter had with him ‘a golden bird’ (2)
1.5 Refer to paragraph 5
1.5.1 Give the name of another Egyptian king whose tomb was found. (1)
1.6 Why do you think the discovery of Tutankhamen’s grave was such a huge achievement for Howard Carter? Give two reasons. (2)
SECTION B: LITERATURE
2.1In No Longer at Ease, Chinua Achebe portrays Nigerians as proud and honorable people with a rich cultural heritage that has been devalued by the colonialpower mongers who forced their European ways into Nigeria. In light of the above, briefly discuss the role played by the Umuofia Progressive Union in installing the value of culture and tradition in the novel.
Introduction (5 marks)
Discussion (16 marks)
Conclusion (5 marks)
Get Answers on Above Questions
Answer 1.1.1: An analysis of the title of the given passage indicates that it is referred to as “The curse of King Tutankhamen,s Mummy” indicates that it is a statement.
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