Pharaoh's Daughter


Part 1: Chapters 0–2


tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly.

  • Why is she being so evasive?

a secret plot or scheme

  • Intrigue is not a part of Batya's nature.

a savior

  • He said we have a land of our own, and one day our god, Ya, will send a redeemer who will lead us out of Khemet and into our land.

not commanded, invited, or called for.

  • "I would not want your father, Lord of the Two Lands and the Bringer of Light, to think unkind thoughts because his daughter ventured unbidden into our village."

a monumental gate of an Egyptian temple.

  • The inscribed pylons rise high into the sky to form a gateway.

a set form for going through the steps of a religious ceremony.

  • Each section of the city has its own temple where the priests do rituals.
  1. What information is revealed in the prologue? Why do you think the author chose to include this information in the prologue?
  2. Who is Almah? Who are the members of her family?
  3. Why is Almah's father talking softly at night with other men from their village? What does he ask Almah to do? Why?
  4. What do Almah's parents and the others plan to do in order to save the babies?
  5. Why does Almah bring the Pharaoh's daughter to her home? Do you think this is a good idea? Why?
  6. Why does Almah consider herself to be an "outsider" in her own village? How is she different?
  7. What is Pi Ramesses? How does Almah feel when she is there?
  8. What information does Almah reveal to the princess at the end of Chapter 2? Why do you think Almah runs away?

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.