English Class 11
Hornbill - Chapters (Literature)

Read the extract and answer the following questions.

Extract:

All afternoon the usual line of tourists from around the world had descended into the cramped, rock-cut tomb some 26 feet underground to pay their respects. They gazed at the murals on the walls of the burial chamber and peered at Tut’s gilded face, the most striking feature of his mummy-shaped outer coffin lid. Some visitors read from guidebooks in a whisper. Others stood silently, perhaps pondering Tut’s untimely death in his late teens, or wondering with a shiver if the pharaoh’s curse — death or misfortune falling upon those who disturbed him — was really true.

(Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues )

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Question (i)

What was the name of the pharaoh whose tomb the tourists visited?

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

The name of the pharaoh whose tomb the tourists visited was Tutankhamun or Tut for short.

Step-by-step explanation:

  • To answer this question, we need to locate the information that is directly given in the extract. We can use skimming and scanning skills to find the relevant part of the text quickly. For example:
  •  Skimming is reading quickly to get the main idea or gist of a text.
  •    We can skim the extract and see that it is about how tourists visited a pharaoh's tomb underground and looked at his coffin and murals.
  • Scanning is reading quickly to find specific details or facts in a text .
  •    We can scan the extract and look for keywords or phrases related to the question, such as "pharaoh", "name", or "Tut".
  • We can then use these skills to find the answer in the first and second sentences of the extract. We can use quotation marks to indicate the exact words from the text. We can also use bold formatting to highlight the key words. For example:
  • The answer is given in the first and second sentences of the extract: "All afternoon the usual line of tourists from around the world had descended into the cramped, rock-cut tomb some 26 feet underground to pay their respects. They gazed at the murals on the walls of the burial chamber and peered at Tut’s gilded face , the most striking feature of his mummy-shaped outer coffin lid".
  • We can then infer from this sentence that the name of the pharaoh whose tomb the tourists visited was Tutankhamun or Tut for short. We can also recall this information from the title of the chapter.

Question (ii)

What was unusual about Tut's death?

  • (a) He died in his late teens
  • (b) He died by a curse
  • (c) He died in a battle
  • (d) He died without an heir

Answer:

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