Ancient Egypt's Cult of the Dead: Burials & the Afterlife


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In ancient Egypt, the Osiris cult was the basis for the idea of Egyptian _____.

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1. In ancient Egyptian burials, why were early mastabas redesigned?

2. In ancient Egypt, a divine substance often used by professional embalmers was _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A lot of time in ancient Egypt was spent preparing their dead for the afterlife. This quiz/worksheet assessment will test your knowledge regarding Egyptian beliefs of the afterlife and how bodies were prepared for the journey.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With this assessment, you will test your understanding of:

  • The Osiris cult
  • Designs of early mastabas
  • Substances used by ancient embalmers
  • Graves of poor ancient Egyptians
  • Burials of ancient Egyptian elites

Skills Practiced

This assessment will have you practice your abilities in the following:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ancient Egyptian burial practices
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how ancient Egyptians prepared their dead for the afterlife and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as burials for the poor and burials for the elite

Additional Learning

For a review of ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices surrounding death, complete the lesson called Ancient Egypt's Cult of the Dead: Burials & the Afterlife. The lesson will help you prepare for the assessment and help you review:

  • The mythology of Osiris and Anubis
  • History and origins of mummification in Egypt
  • Processes of embalming
  • How embalming processes differed by class