Pharaoh's Daughter


Part 1: Chapters 8–9


a person from whom one is descended and who lived several generations ago.

  • He was one of our ancestors who became the second most powerful man in Khemet.

a great lack of food over a wide area.

  • Your Yosef helped him enslave our people by making them sell their bodies into slavery in exchange for grain during a long famine.

to signal to come using a motion of the head or hands.

  • The pharaoh sits on the bench and beckons me to sit beside him.

tired in body or mind; fatigued.

  • His eyes are red and puffy like the princess's, and his body sags into itself as if he is to weary to hold it up.

longer than it is wide.

  • Two of the servants hold oblong golden boxes.

a state of confusion or puzzlement.

  • I am surprised to hear the princess's voice break with bewilderment, hurt, and anger as she asks, What did you do? I didn't know you knew my father. When did this happen?"
  1. Why does Kakemour come to see Almah? What terrible news does he tell her?
  2. What message does Kakemour want Almah to give to the princess for him? Why?
  3. What does Kakemour tell Almah about her stories? Why?
  4. Describe the Pharaoh in as much detail as possible. (See page 76.)
  5. What does the Pharaoh ask of Almah? Why?
  6. Why does Almah remind the pharaoh of the dead queen?
  7. What gifts does Almah receive from the pharaoh? Why?
  8. What did the gift of the mirror from the pharaoh to Almah mean? How does Ima react? Why?


"I nod. As I watch him walk quickly away, I wish there were someone I could talk to. How can two stories be true? Or is something true only because a lot of people believe it?" (p. 74)

What is your opinion of this statement? Why?

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.