All right, TombQuesters.
I’ve got one question for you: When you come face-to-wrappings with a mummified baddie who’s feeling cranky after being woken up from a centuries-long nap, will you have the know-how to take them down? As Alex and Ren learn in TombQuest #1: Book of the Dead, some re-animated scoundrels can’t be slain with swords. The most powerful weapon? KNOWLEDGE!!!
To make sure you’re all ready when the tombs open (only 35 days to go!!!), I’ve assembled a mini True or False quiz to test your Egyptian expertise. See how many fake facts can you spot!
1. T or F: When people were mummified in Ancient Egypt, all of their organs were removed… except for their lungs.
2. T or F: Both men and women wore make-up in Ancient Egypt because it protected their faces from the sun. They also thought it had healing powers.
3. T or F: The Book of the Dead isn’t actually a book… it’s a collection of magic spells used used to help guide people in the afterlife. The spells are written on all kinds of things, from mummy wrappings (Eek!) to tomb walls (which are kind of tricky to fit into a book).
4. T or F: Some people kept a scarab beetle as a pet because they believed it would protect their home and bring them good luck.
5. T or F: Each stone block used to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu (the largest of the Giza Pyramids) weighed 4,000 lbs.
Answers: 1. False! All of the organs were removed except for their hearts. The heart had to stay in the body so it could be weighed to determine whether a person would be allowed into the afterlife. 2. True! 3. True! 4. False! Cats were the right creature to have at home if you were looking for protection and good luck. 5. False! Each stone block was 5,000 LBS! Crazy, right?
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