Egyptian Society during the Ramesside period, Dynasties XIX and XX



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Past HSC and Catholic Schools' Trial Questions

(from Ancient History Syllabus, page 80)
Section II: Ancient Societies (25 marks)
  • There will be ten questions, one for each ancient society.
  • Candidates must attempt ONE question.
  • Each question will consist of four or five parts.
  • A source will be provided for each society.

HSC 2008
(a) Name TWO New Kingdom leisure activities.
(b) What was a vizier?
(c) Describe the main features of temples during the Ramesside Period.
(d) With reference to Source 8 and other sources, explain the importance of funerary customs in this period.
[Source 8: Scene from the Tomb of Sennedjem]



HSC 2007
(a) Name TWO New Kingdom sites. (2)
(b) Briefly describe the workers’ strike at Deir el-Medina. (3)
(c) With reference to Source 9 and other sources, describe the main features of royal tombs in this period. (8)
(d) Explain the importance of Amun and other gods in this period. (12)
[Source 9: Plan of tomb of Seti I]



HSC 2006
(a) Name TWO religious festivals. (2)
(b) What was a shadouf? (2)
(c) Describe the roles of the army during this period. (5)
(d) Outline the importance of the king (pharaoh) in New Kingdom society. (6)
(e) With reference to Source7 and other sources, explain the significance of tomb decoration in this period. (10)
[Source7: Ramesses III and the goddess Isis (Tomb of Prince Amen-hir-khopshef)]



HSC 2005
(a) Name TWO gods/goddesses worshipped in the Ramesside period.
(b) Identify TWO funerary customs during the Ramesside period.
(c) Outline the importance of the vizier (vizir) during the Ramesside period.
(d) Describe the main features of foreign tribute and trade in the Ramesside period.
(e) With reference to Source 3 and other evidence, explain the roles of women during the Ramesside period.
[Source 3: Tomb of Nefertari, Dynasty XIX]



HSC 2004
(a) Name TWO significant buildings of the Ramesside period. (2)
(b) What was the Valley of the Kings? (2)
(c) Outline the features of the imperial bureaucracy during the Ramesside period. (5)
(d) Describe the importance of the army in the Ramesside period. (6)
(e) With reference to Source 3 and other evidence, explain the significance of burial practices in the Ramesside period. (10)
[Source 3: ]



HSC 2003
(a) Name TWO neighbouring powers of Egypt in the Ramesside period. (2)
(b) What was foreign tribute? (2)
(c) Describe the roles of a Ramesside vizier. (5)
(d) Outline the main features of art during the Ramesside period. (6)
(e) With reference to Source 3 and other evidence, explain the roles of the king (pharaoh) in the Ramesside period. (10)
[Source 3: A relief from Sety I’s temple at Abydos]