NCERT Solutions For Class 11 English Hornbill Discovering Tut: The Saga Continues

NCERT Solutions For Class 11 English Hornbill Discovering Tut: The Saga Continues

NCERT Solutions For Class 11 English Hornbill Discovering Tut: The Saga Continues is designed and prepared by the best teachers across India. All the important topics are covered in the exercises and each answer comes with a detailed explanation to help students understand concepts better. These NCERT solutions play a crucial role in your preparation for all exams conducted by the CBSE, including the JEE.

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1. Why is 5th January 2005 significant in Tutankhamun’s saga?

Ans. On this date for the first time Tutankhamun was removed from his tomb and taken to a C.T. scanner brought there to probe the lingering mysteries surrounding this young ruler.

2. How was the atmosphere when Tut’s body was taken for C.T. scan?

Ans. Violent wind raised ghost like shapes of dust. Bulging clouds moved quickly across the desert sky and hid the stars in the grey sky

3. How did the visitors to Tut’s grave pay their respects to him?

Ans. They gazed at the murals on the walls and peered at Tut’s gilded face on his mummy shaped outer coffin lid. Some visitors read from guide book in whisper. Others stood silently.

4. What according to A.R. Williams were the thoughts of the visitors who stood silently near Tut’s grave?

Ans. Perhaps some of them were thinking deeply over Tut’s untimely death in his teens. Others might be trembling with fear and wondering if the Pharaoh’s curse was really true.

5. What was the Pharaoh’s curse? Who refers to it and in what context?

Ans. The pharaoh’s curse was that death or misfortune would fall upon those who disturbed him. The silent visitors are the first to refer to it. Later on a guard joked nervously when the million dollar scanner stopped functioning because of sand in a cooler fan.

6. "The mummy is in very bad condition because of what Carter did in the 1920s." Who was Carter? What did he do to the mummy?

Ans. Howard Carter was a British archaeologist. He discovered Tut’s tomb in 1922 after many years of futile searching. Carter’s men removed the mummy’s head and cut off almost every major joint to remove the golden adornments.

7. What problem did Carter face when he reached the mummy ? How did he find a way out?

Ans. Carter found that the ritual resins had become quite hard. These had fixed Tut to the bottom of his solid gold coffin. The heat of the sun could not melt it. So the solid resins had to be chiselled away to free the King’s remains from the box.

8. How did Carter defend his action of cutting the mummy free?

Ans. Carter said that if he hadn’t cut the mummy free, thieves would certainly have found a way of avoiding the guards. Then they would have tom apart everything forcibly to remove the gold.

9. List some of the adornments and golden objects on Tut’s body.

Ans. Precious collars, inlaid necklaces and bracelets, rings, amulets, a ceremonial apron, sandals, sheaths for fingers and toes and the inner coffin and mask. All of them were made of pure gold. His coffin was of solid gold.

10. Why do you think the royals carried so much gold to grave?

Ans. Yes. There were two reasons: first, the royals were extremely wealthy. Secondly, they thought or hoped that they could take their riches with them to the great beyond.

11. What is so special about the contents of Tut’s tomb?

Ans. Stunning artifacts in gold found in Tut’s tomb remain the richest royal collection ever found. These caused a sensation at the time of the discovery. Even now they get the most attention.

12. Which evidence proves the burial of Tut in March or April?

Ans. Tilt’s shroud was found adorned with faded garlands of willow and olive leaves, wild celery, lotus petals and cornflowers. Since some of them are available only at the end of winter season, Tut must have been buried in March or April.

13. How did Carter’s men treat Tut’s body while removing gold?

Ans. They removed the mummy’s head and cut off every joint to remove the golden adornments. Then they reassembled the remains on a layer of sand in a wooden box and filled it with soft material to hide the damage caused by chiselling.

14. What startling fact came to light in 1968 through X-ray?

Ans. In 1968, an anatomy Professor X-rayed the mummy. He revealed a startling fact. Tut’s breast-bone and front ribs were missing beneath the resin that covers his chest with a thick layer.

15. How can CT scan prove more effective than the X-ray?

Ans. In CT scan, hundreds of X-rays in cross section are put together like slices of bread to create a three-dimensional virtual body. X-ray provides only a two-dimensional image.

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