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Do you know who Howard Carter was? He was the man responsible for the discovery of the legendary king, King Tutankhamen. Because of his discovery, it has inspired many Indiana Jones and Lara Croft type of movies, books, and games that have flooded the world ever since. The mysteries, the curses, and the traps; all the essence of a good show, book, and even play.

He was seventeen years old when he set sail for Alexandria, Egypt. That was Howard's maiden journey outside England. He came to Bani Hassan, where he recorded and copied scenes from the walls of the tombs of the princes of Middle Egypt. He was so dedicated to his work that by day, he could be found in the tombs and by night, he was still there with the bats.

Slowly, Howard became an archaeologist in his own right. Under the tutelage of William Flinders Petrie, he unearthed several important finds that vaulted him to be on par with his teacher.

However, Howard's career was not a bed of roses. At 25, he was made the first Inspector General of Monuments for Upper Egypt by the Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Service only to be forced to resign in 1905 due to an incident that occurred between the Egyptian archaeology guards and a few drunken French tourists. Howard sided with the guards and that led to formal complaints made against him by the unhappy tourists. Howard refused to offer a formal apology and thus was fired.

This led him to become the Supervisor of excavations for the 5th Lord of Carnarvon where he would eventually discover six tombs in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank at Luxor.

However, Howard was more interested in locating the tomb of the boy king. The elusive tomb took much of his time and provoked Lord Carnarvon who threatened him that he would no longer back him up.

Undeterred, Howard began digging exclusively for his tomb and on 26 November, at 4 p.m., he triumphed.

However, problems still persisted. Lord Carnarvon died during this time and at precisely the time he died, the lights in Cairo went off. There were also others who were involved in the discovery that soon died and their deaths sparked an appetite for mummy tales and movies.

However, Howard Carter was untouched by the believed curse and lived in moderate success, to a ripe old age of 65.

     
  1. According to the passage, what actually inspired those action-packed and mysterious movies ?
       
    (A) The work of the archaeologists
    (B) The Indiana Jones and Lara croft movies
    (C) The discovery of tombs
    (D) The discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb
       
  2. How do you know that Howard Carter loved his job very much ?
       
    (A) He was very young when he decided to set sail.
    (B) He recorded and copied scenes from the tombs' walls all the time.
    (C) He would not go home but slept in the tombs along with the bats.
    (D) He wanted to be an archaeologist.
       
  3. Why was Howard Carter fired from his post as first Inspector General of Monuments for Upper Egypt ?
       
    (A) He fought with the guards.
    (B) He was one of the drunken tourists.
    (C) He sided with the guards.
    (D) He refused to offer a formal apology when asked.
       
  4. What provoked Lord Carnarvon that he later threatened Howard that he would no longer back him up ?
       
    (A) He was not interested in the tomb of the boy king.
    (B) He was too interested in the tomb of the boy king.
    (C) He spent too much time looking for the tomb of the boy king.
    (D) He spent too much time digging for tombs.
       
  5. What made people suddenly interested in stories and films about mummies ?
       
    (A) It was the mystery that surrounded King Tutankhamen's tombs.
    (B) It was the mysterious deaths that occurred right after the tomb's discovery.
    (C) It was the discoveries of mummies.
    (D) It was Howard Carter himself.
       
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  Answers : 1D   2C   3D   4C   5B
 
 
 
 

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