IELTS Daily Reading Task – List of Heading Questions (The Step Pyramid of Djoser) 

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IELTS Daily Reading Task - List of Heading Questions (The Step Pyramid of Djoser) 
IELTS Daily Reading Task – List of Heading Questions (The Step Pyramid of Djoser) 

Q. Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

i)  The areas and artefacts within the pyramid itself

ii)  A difficult task for those involved

iii)  A king who saved his people

iv)  A single certainty among other less definite facts

v)  An overview of the external buildings and areas

vi)  A pyramid design that others copied

vii)  An idea for changing the design of burial structures

viii)  An incredible experience despite the few remains

ix)  The answers to some unexpected questions

Paragraph  A

Paragraph  B

Paragraph  C

Paragraph  D

The Step Pyramid of Djoser

A.  The pyramids are the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt and still hold enormous interest for people in the present day. These grand, impressive tributes to the memory of the Egyptian kings have become linked with the country even though other cultures, such as the Chinese and Mayan, also built pyramids. The evolution of the pyramid form has been written and argued about for centuries. However, there is no question that, as far as Egypt is concerned, it began with one monument to one king designed by one brilliant architect: the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.

B.  Djoser was the first king of the Third Dynasty of Egypt and the first to build in stone. Prior to Djoser’s reign, tombs were rectangular monuments made of dried clay brick, which covered underground passages where the deceased person was buried. For reasons which remain unclear, Djoser’s main official, whose name was Imhotep, conceived of building a taller, more impressive tomb for his king by stacking stone slabs on top of one another, progressively making them smaller, to form the shape now known as the Step Pyramid. Djoser is thought to have reigned for 19 years, but some historians and scholars attribute a much longer time for his rule, owing to the number and size of the monuments he built.

C. The Step Pyramid has been thoroughly examined and investigated over the last century, and it is now known that the building process went through many different stages. Historian Marc Van de Mieroop comments on this, writing ‘Much experimentation was involved, which is especially clear in the construction of the pyramid in the center of the complex. It had several plans … before it became the first Step Pyramid in history, piling six levels on top of one another … The weight of the enormous mass was a challenge for the builders, who placed the stones at an inward incline in order to prevent the monument breaking up.’

D.  When finally completed, the Step Pyramid rose 62 meters high and was the tallest structure of its time. The complex in which it was built was the size of a city in ancient Egypt and included a temple, courtyards, shrines, and living quarters for the priests. It covered a region of 16 hectares and was surrounded by a wall 10.5 meters high. The wall had 13 false doors cut into it with only one true entrance cut into the south-east corner; the entire wall was then ringed by a trench 750 meters long and 40 meters wide. The false doors and the trench were incorporated into the complex to discourage unwanted visitors. If someone wished to enter, he or she would have needed to know in advance how to find the location of the true opening in the wall. Djoser was so proud of his accomplishment that he broke the tradition of having only his own name on the monument and had Imhotep’s name carved on it as well.

Tips To Remember

  • Quickly go through the headings to grasp the topics.
  • Note main ideas and how they’re organized in the passage.
  • Look for words in the paragraphs that match headings.
  • Expect synonyms or paraphrased versions in headings.
  • If a heading doesn’t match the paragraph’s main idea, discard it.
  • Choose headings that fit the level of detail needed.
  • Be alert for words indicating shifts in the main idea.

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