Question 1: King Tut, or Tutankhamun, was a pharaoh in what ancient empire?
Correct Answer: Egypt
Fact: King Tut was the last of his royal family to rule (he reigned 1332-1323 BCE). The ancient Egyptian empire lasted for more than 3,000 years.
Question 2: What comedian had a hit single with the song ‘King Tut,’ selling more than a million copies in 1978?
- Steve Martin
- Robin Williams
- Gilda Radner
Correct Answer: Steve Martin
Fact: Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons (actually members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) performed the song on 'SNL' while the King Tut exhibit was touring the United States.
Question 3: What is the ‘Curse of the Pharaohs’?
- A 1945 comedy starring Abbott and Costello
- Jay Pharoah’s 2019 stand-up special
- A curse believed to have killed those who disturbed Tut’s tomb
Correct Answer: A curse believed to have killed those who disturbed Tut’s tomb
Fact: Soon after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, the excavation's patron, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, suddenly died of an infection. His death gave rise to stories of a 'Mummy's Curse,' alleged to be cast upon those who dared violate the mummy of an ancient Egyptian, especially a pharaoh. Some even blame the curse for the death of the lead excavator of Tut's tomb, Egyptologist Howard Carter, although he lived more than 16 years after the dig.