The Step Pyramid of Djoser- Reading Passage Answers- CAM 16

The Step Pyramid of Djoser- Reading Passage Answers- CAM 16

Here are explanations of the Questions of passage named ‘The Step Pyramid of Djoser’ which is from the Cambridge 16 book. The Questions that have been asked are List of headings, MCQs’ Blanks.

You will find the Locations of the Reading Answers, Keywords (highlighted and underlined) and justifications

Questions 14-20

Reading Passage 2 has seven paragraphs, A-G.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write the correct number, i-ix, in boxes 14-20 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

i     The areas and artefacts within the pyramid itself

ii     A difficult task for those involved

iii     A king who saved his people

iv     A single certainty among other less definite facts

v     An overview of the external buildings and areas

vi     A pyramid design that others copied

vii     An idea for changing the design of burial structures

viii     An incredible experience despite the few remains

ix     The answers to some unexpected questions

14   Paragraph A

Location:  3rd line of the1st paragraph

Explanation: The answer to this question is in the middle lines of the paragraph. ‘The evolution of the pyramid….written and argued’…Egypt…designed by one brilliant architect…Thus, these lines shows a single certainty among less definite facts. Therefore, the answer is iv.

Answer: iv

15   Paragraph B

Location: second and third line of the 2nd paragraph

Explanation: The writer says, ‘prior…tombs were rectangular monuments made of dried clay…’Here, writer talks about the previous designs. In the third line, ‘conceived of building taller, more impressive tomb…to form the shape…These are ideas for changing the design of burial structures. Thus, the answer is vii.

Answer: vii

16   Paragraph C

Location:  last line of the 3rd paragraph

Explanation: It has been written in the passage that ‘The weight of the enormous mass was a challenge for the builders…’this line makes the answer very clear as challenge and difficult are synonyms and ‘builders’ are those people who are involved.

Answer: ii

17   Paragraph D

Location: Second line of 4th paragraph

Explanation: The answer of this question is in the second line as it has been written ‘the complex….included a temple, courtyards, shrines and  living quarters for the priests…’Moreover, in the next line, ‘covered a region of 16 hectares…Hence, this is the overview of external buildings and areas.

Answer: v

18   Paragraph E

Location:   Second line of 5th paragraph

Explanation: The writer says, ‘one of the most mysterious discoveries found inside the pyramid was a large number of stone vessels…’thus it is easy to understand that passage describe about the areas and artifacts within the pyramid.

Answer: i

19   Paragraph F

Location: 6th paragraph

Explanation: The location of the answer is in the second line of the paragraph as it has been written that ‘Djoser grave goods and even his body were stolen…number of his valuables overlooked by the thieves…There was enough left throughout…’thus the answer is an incredible experience despite the few remains.

Answer: viii

20   Paragraph G

Location: last line of 7th paragraph

Explanation: The writer says, ‘The Step Pyramid was a revolutionary advance …great pyramid builders of Egypt would follow’ Here, ‘Egypt would follow’ has been written as ‘design other copied’.

Answer: vi

The Step Pyramid of Djoser- Reading Passage Answers- CAM 16

Questions 21-24

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 21-24 on your answer sheet.

The Step Pyramid of Djoser

The complex that includes the Step Pyramid and its surroundings is considered to be as big as an Egyptian 21 ………………….. of the past.

Location: D paragraph

Explanation: The main keyword ‘complex’ is exactly in the passage that helps to locate the answer in the second line of the paragraph and ‘as big as’ is paraphrased as ‘size of …’ ‘Egyptian of the past…’ is as ‘ancient Egypt’. Thus, the answer is ‘city’. 

Answer: City

The area outside the pyramid included accommodation that was occupied by 22 ………… along with many other buildings and features.

Location: D paragraph (second line)

Explanation: The answer to this question is also in the second line. The main keyword ‘accommodation…’ has been written as ‘ living quarters…’.Other buildings included ‘temples, courtyards, shrines…’Thus this makes the answer very clear. Thus, the answer is Priests.

Answer: Priests

A wall ran around the outside of the complex and a number of false entrances were built into this. In addition, a long 23 ………………….. encircled the wall.

Location: D paragraph

Explanation: The location of the answer is in the middle line of the paragraph.The line starts, ‘The wall had …

Here, the main keyword is ‘false entrances’ is as ‘false doors…’ The another keyword ‘encircled’ in the question is as ‘ringed by…’Therefore, the answer is ‘trench’. Thus the answer is Trench.

Answer: Trench

As a result, any visitors who had not been invited were cleverly prevented from entering the pyramid grounds unless they knew the 24 ………………….. of the real entrance.

Location: D paragraph

Explanation: The main Keyword ‘visitors’ helps to locate the answer in the second last line of the paragraph. Moreover, the writer says, ‘know in advance how to find the ….true opening. Here, ‘true opening’ is the synonym of ‘real entrance’. Therefore, the answer is Location.

Answer: Location

Questions 25-26

Choose TWO letters, A-E.

Write the correct letters in boxes 25 and 26 on your answer sheet.

Which TWO of the following points does the writer make about King Djoser?

A   Initially he had to be persuaded to build in stone rather than clay.

B   There is disagreement concerning the length of his reign.

C   He failed to appreciate Imhotep’s part in the design of the Step Pyramid.

D   A few of his possessions were still in his tomb when archaeologists found it.

E   He criticised the design and construction of other pyramids in Egypt.

Location:   B paragraph

Explanation: The answer to this question is in the last line of the paragraph. ‘Djoser is thought to have reigned for 19 years…scholars attribute a much longer time for his rule…Here, this line shows the disagreement about the length of his reign. Thus, the answer is B.

Answer: B

Location:  F paragraph

Explanation: The main keyword is ‘possessions’ which has been written as ‘goods’ in the second line of the paragraph. The writer says, ‘there was enough left throughout…’ Here, this means possessions were still in his tomb. Therefore, the answer is D.

Answer: D

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