Ma'at: Definition & Principles in Ancient Egypt


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The Egyptian goddess Ma'at would supposedly weight the hearts of the dead against her _____ to determine their ultimate fate.

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1. In ancient Egypt, the _____ was responsible for judging and punishing the Egyptians according to Ma'at's laws, even drawing a feather on their tongue to represent Ma'at's truth.

2. Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of morality and order, was the daughter of which god, according to ancient Egyptian mythology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will assess your understanding of Ma'at principles in ancient Egypt. You'll need to know facts about the goddess Ma'at and what she used to judge the hearts of the dead, among other concepts. The quiz is concise and can be completed in very little time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your knowledge of the following will be tested during this quiz:

  • How the Egyptian goddess Ma'at determined the fate of the dead
  • Who held the responsibility of judging and punishing the Egyptians according to Ma'at's laws
  • Name of Ma'at's father
  • What happened to Egyptians who murdered someone and did not demonstrate remorse
  • Responsibilities of the pharaoh in upholding laws of Ma'at in ancient Egypt

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Ma'at principles in ancient Egypt
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the responsibilities of the pharaoh
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how the fate of the dead was determined and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To gain an even deeper understanding of this subject, check out the related lesson titled Ma'at: Definition & Principles in Ancient Egypt. Here are topics you'll find in this lesson:

  • Ma'at as the embodiment of order or balance
  • Osiris, the god of the underworld
  • Ammut, a demon god