Ancient Egyptian Literature of the Old Kingdom


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The great works of literature from ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom are written in what language?

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1. Ancient Egyptian tales from the Old Kingdom mainly have to do with what themes?

2. What kinds of themes show up in the Westcar Papyrus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo quickly measures your knowledge of the literary works of the Egyptian Old Kingdom. Answer questions about major works and their themes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these questions to see if you understand:

  • The language of Egypt's Old Kingdom
  • Important themes of Old Kingdom literature
  • The time period the Westcar Papyrus was written in

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the most common themes of Old Kingdom literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language these works were written in
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the purpose of the Westcar Papyrus and when it was written

Additional Learning

You can learn more about this period in literary history by reviewing the lesson titled Ancient Egyptian Literature of the Old Kingdom. This lesson will help you understand:

  • The different dynasties of Egypt
  • How papyrus was made
  • Other names for the Westcar Papyrus