Chronological Order in Reading Practice Exercises

Updated on Sep 29, 2011

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Chronological Order in Reading Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Make-a-Mummy 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) At the museum today, we saw an ancient Egyptian mummy and watched a mummy-making video. You know, a mummy isn't like those scary things you see in horror movies; it's just a dead body that was treated so it wouldn't rot away!
(2) The Egyptians were experts at wrapping their dead for the trip to the afterlife! That's what the people called the "place" they'd go after they died, where they believed they'd enjoy pretty much all the comforts of life. So, they figured it was important to keep their bodies preserved for future use!
(3) Making a mummy was no easy job. It took about 70 days! Only special people were allowed to carry out the process. First, they cleaned the body. Then they removed most of the internal organs, including the brain. They pulled that out with a long hooked instrument inserted through the dead person's nose! The Egyptians didn't think the brain was important, so they threw it away. The lungs, stomach, and most other organs were removed through slits in the skin, then placed in special containers, called canopic jars, and buried with the mummy. Because the Egyptians believed the heart was the center of intelligence, only it was left inside the body.
  Next, the body was stuffed and covered with salt to slowly suck out all the fluid. After 40 days, the shrunken body was rubbed with lotion to soften the skin. Then the body was wrapped in up to 20 layers of linen.
(4) Gooey tree sap was spread on the linen to make the layers stick together. The workers placed a mask on the face that looked pretty much like the dead person. That was to help the person's spirit recognize him or her in the afterlife and reenter the body.
(5) Then, one last layer of tree sap and cloth was added and it was a mummy. Finally, it was ready to be put into a stone coffin and placed in a burial chamber, along with clothing, food, furniture, toys, jewelry, and any other things it might need in the afterlife.
(6) The mummy we saw was about 3,000 years old. I wonder if its heart is still in there?
1. What was the first thing the narrator said?
a. "Making a mummy was no easy job."
b. "The Egyptians didn't think the brain was important ...."
c. "At the museum today, we saw an ancient Egyptian mummy .... "
d. "The Egyptians were experts at wrapping their dead .... "
2. What was the first thing mummy-makers did to a body?
a. pulled out the brain through the nose
b. wrapped 20 layers of cloth around it
c. put a mask on its face
d. cleaned it
3. For 40 days, the body
a. was put into a stone coffin.
b. was covered with salt that sucked out any body fluid.
c. was on view at a funeral home.
d. was wrapped in a single layer of silk.
4. After 40 days, the mummy-makers
a. took off the layers of lines.
b. made cuts and took out the stomach.
c. rubbed the body to soften its shrunken skin.
d. put the brain back inside the body.
5. When was the mask put on the mummy's face?
a. before wrapping the body in one last layer of cloth
b. after the body was put into the coffin
c. before the heart was removed
d. after the burial chamber was closed
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