Reading Comprehension Quiz

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The uses of magic and religion to cure illnesses were widespread in ancient Egypt. Their effectiveness was most likely due to the placebo effect - that is, people felt better just because they believed that incantations and magical ingredients were effective.

Ingredients were sometimes selected because the ingredient had a characteristic that in some way corresponded to a symptom of the patient. An ostrich egg, for example, was included in the treatment of a broken skull.

Amulets were often worn for magical purposes. One amulet, representing the girdle of Isis, was intended to stem the flow of blood at miscarriage.

1. The "placebo effect"
A. is a pill that makes a person feel better.
B. treats the symptoms of the patient.
C. treats a broken skull.
D. helps a patient feel better because of the patient's belief.
2. An incantation is
A. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect.
B. a religious song.
C. words of a priest.
D. magic.
3. Amulets are
A. stones to cure illnesses.
B. jewelry depicting animals.
C. a depiction of an ostrich egg.
D. a trinket thought to protect against evil.
4. Isis was
A. an Egyptian god/goddess.
B. a flower.
C. a girdle.
D. an Egyptian woman.
The information comes from Widipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-D..........2-A..........3-D..........4-A
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