What is an Egyptian Ankh? - Meaning & Symbol


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What does the Egyptian symbol of the ankh mean?

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1. What shapes does the Egyptian ankh consist of?

2. The ancient Egyptian people would often give a pharaoh an ankh figurine for the purpose of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions allow you to test your knowledge of the Egyptian ankh. You will be quizzed on its symbolism and common uses in ancient Egyptian society

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Using this quiz and worksheet combo, see if you remember:

  • The shapes that make up an ankh
  • What the ankh symbolized to ancient Egyptians
  • The reason pharaohs often received ankhs

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the use of ankh talismans by ancient Egyptian commoners
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason Anubis was often shown holding an ankh
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the ankh meant to the Egyptian people and why pharaohs were often given one

Additional Learning

For a more in-depth look at this aspect of Egyptian mythology, review the lesson titled What Is an Egyptian Ankh? - Meaning & Symbols. You will be exposed to topics like:

  • The symbolism of the different parts of an ankh
  • Different meanings behind the ankh's central symbolism
  • The term related to an ankh that referred to someone in the afterlife