Egyptian Scarab Quiz

Aug 01 2019
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Questions
1. The scarab is a reference to what beetle? 
2. Scarab beetles feed partly or exclusively on what? 
3. Scarab beetles are known as rollers. Why? 
4. These beetles lay eggs in a pellet which they roll along on the ground. The Egyptians regarded this action as an image of what?
5. Scarabs are associated with what Egyptian god? 
6. The scarab beetle became an ancient Egyptian symbol for what? 
7. How was the creator god and solar deity Khepri represented? 
8. Why were small jars and coffins containing dried (mummified) scarabs often placed in Egyptian tombs? 
9. What bird did the wings symbolize? 
10. What were they used as? 
11. The stone heart scarab was laid upon the breast of the mummy indicating what? 
12. What is perhaps the most famous example of a “heart scarab” ever found?

Winged Scarab Pendant Found in Tutankhamen’s Tomb

Answers
1. The scarab is a reference to what beetle? Dung beetle. 
2. Scarab beetles feed partly or exclusively on what? Feces. 
3. Scarab beetles are known as rollers. Why? Because they are noted for rolling dung into spherical balls which are then used as a food source or brooding chamber.
4. These beetles lay eggs in a pellet which they roll along on the ground? The Egyptians regarded this action as an image of what? The sun and its course through the heavens rolled by a gigantic beetle. 
5. Scarabs are associated with what Egyptian god? Khepri which literally means “He who is Coming into Being”. It was Khepri who pushed the sun across the sky. 
6. The scarab beetle became an ancient Egyptian symbol for what? Rebirth. The dung ball was identified with the sun. Each day the sun disappeared always to rise again and be reborn the following day. Baby beetles were seen to emerge from the primeval mound (dung ball) and so dung beetles were thought capable of spontaneous creation. Hence, the scarab became an important symbol of creation, resurrection and everlasting life.
7. How was the creator god and solar deity Khepri represented? He was represented as a scarab, dung beetle or as a man with a beetle head. Oftentimes, he was represented as a beetle within the sun-disk.
8. Why were small jars and coffins containing dried (mummified) scarabs often placed in Egyptian tombs? It was part of their ancient funeral rites to ensure eternal resurrection.
9. What were winged scarabs also called? Heart scarabs.
10. What bird did the wings symbolize? Falcon’s wings.
11. What were they used as? Funerary talismans.
12. The stone heart scarab was laid upon the breast of the mummy indicating what? That the guilty soul must stand in the judgment hall in the presence of Osiris. The scarab thus used was to secure exemption from the possible performance of an evil life. 
13. What is perhaps the most famous example of a “heart scarab” ever found? The yellow-green pectoral scarab found among the entombed provisions of Tutankhamen.

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