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Characters



  • Ranofer - a young boy whose father has died and is now in the care of his evil half-brother, Gebu.
  • Gebu - a stonecutter by trade, who tries to rob the tomb of Huaa and Tuaa, the queen's parents and mean half-brother of Ranofer.
  • Heqet - an apprentice goldsmith who befriends Ranofer and 'The Ancient'.
  • The Ancient - a very old man who owns a donkey, 'Lotus Blossom', and cuts papyrus for a modest living, he lives on the edge of the desert in the house he made out of bricks. He has one blind eye and has a physical ailment of hobbling.
  • Thutra - Ranofer's father; a deceased goldsmith and a friend of Zau.
  • Rekh - a local goldsmith.
  • Zau - a master goldsmith who works in the palace making ornaments and teaching students.
  • Ibni - a Babylonian who helps Gebu steal from Rekh's goldshop.
  • Setma - a Nile boat captain, and friend of Gebu.
  • Wenamon - a mason and Gebu's friend.
  • Pai - The Stone Cutter's foreman
  • Tiy - The Queen.
  • Zahotep - a craftsmen.



Questions for The Golden Goblet Chapters 1-5


Answer these questions in complete sentences. Watch your spelling and punctuation.
1. What was Ranofer's occupation?
2. Why was Ranofer living with his half-brother?
3. What were his feelings for his half-brother and why?
4. What did Ranofer suspect Gebu and Ibni of doing?
5. Name the occupations mentioned in the City of the Dead.
6. How was gold being smuggled to Gebu from the Goldsmith's?
Choose one of the two essay questions to write a paragraph about. Make sure you have restated the question as your opening sentence. Your paragraph should be 5 or 6 sentences long.
1. Describe the beliefs of the Egyptians regarding the dead and some of the practices they did to insure happiness and favor of their dead.
2. Describe the Ancient's life.



Questions for The Golden Goblet Chapters 6-10


Answer these questions in complete sentences. Watch your spelling and punctuation.
1. What were the dangers of the stonecutting business?
2. How did Ranofer feel about stonecutting?
3. What happened that Ranofer began to eat at least one good meal a day?
4. What was the Ancient's advice about learning a trade, even if it is one of stonecutting?
5. What did Zau, the Chief Goldmaster, tell Ranofer about what he would do for him?
6. What was Ranofer looking for in Gebu's room and what did he find?
Choose one of the two essay questions to write a paragraph about. Make sure you have restated the question as your opening sentence. Your paragraph should be 5 or 6 sentences long.
1. How was Hequet a good friend to Ranofer?
2. Describe the golden goblet.



Questions for The Golden Goblet Chapters 11-16


Answer these questions in complete sentences. Watch your spelling and punctuation.
1. What did Gebu do to protect his possessions and to notify him if his items were tampered with?
2. What was the Great Festival of Egypt?
3. Who had followed the last tomb robbers and discovered their crime?
4. What scared Ranofer into the tomb?
5. What guarded the bodies of the dead?
6. Who did Ranofer tell about his half-brother's crime?
Choose one of the four essay questions to write a paragraph about. Make sure you have restated the question as your opening sentence. Your paragraph should be 5 or 6 sentences long.
1. Describe the Valley of the Dead.
2. Gebu's plot was a common one during this time of tomb robbers. Describe in details the plot.
3. Describe the tomb Ranofer found himself in.
4. What do you think happened after the story ended?