The Golden Goblet

By: Alina Full, Emma Campbell, Jacob Alford

Vocabulary List

Goldsmith: One who forges objects from gold.

WIneskin: A leather pouch used to store liquid, usually wine.

Kheft: Evil Spirits that haunted ancient Egypt.

Pharaoh: A ruler of ancient Egypt, considered sacred.

Goblet: A large cup, usually for decoration or wine.

Stone Cutter: One who cuts stone into shapes for construction.

Tomb: A grave, but more like a smaller house containing things to aid the dead in the afterlife.

Gods: Higher sacred beings that have ultimate power over something.

Scroll: a rolled up piece of parchment with writing, usually containing a message.

Mason: A craftsman, like a goldsmith or a stone cutter.

Book Evaluation

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a great informative book set in the time of the ancient Egyptians. It has a very exciting storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. The characters are easy to picture, which makes the book go by smoother. I was not very surprised with the common “Happy Ending”, but it was an unforgettable conclusion.

However, as there are good parts to a book, there must be bad parts as well. The plot of the story as it goes on gets a little repetitive, with no clear sign of the main character reaching his goal. Because of repetitiveness, it becomes too predictable. Every day was the same, except for the character’s planning and discoveries.

Overall, The Golden Goblet was a great novel. It was exciting and engaging, with very few things I might change. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is an inspiring novel about a boy named Ranofer. Ranofer’s dad died, and he is sent away to go live and work for his half brother Gebu. This ruins everything for Ranofer who has always wanted to be his father’s apprentice, not Gebu’s prisoner. When all of Ranofer’s hope is lost, things at the gold shop, where he works, start to get interesting. Missing gold is discovered, and Ranofer thinks he knows exactly who did it. All of his suspicions are right, but what does the goblet hidden in Gebu’s room mean, and can it change his destiny?

Character Review

Ranofer is a middle aged boy who works at the goldsmith. His dad died when he was young, and he was sent to his evil half-brother, Gebu. Ranofer just wants to be apprenticed at the goldsmith, but Gebu won’t let him. Ranofer is curious and determined, he wants to get away from Gebu, and he keeps trying too, but he is scared of him. Every time that he tries to get away, Gebu hits him. Ranofer is very determined, and when he finds the goblet, he knows that his life will change.

Application to Regional Culture

Egyptian culture is shown many times throughout the novel. One example is the the way Ranofer is treated. This shows culture because it is okay for Gebu to beat Ranofer and force him into labor. Another example is the setting. the story mainly takes place in the gold shop where Ranofer works. It is a big deal whenever they discover gold is missing because they cherish it and it is valuable to them. Lastly, the food is an example of Egyptian culture. Ranofer delivers wineskins to Gebu, and shares food with Heqet and the Ancient. This shows their eating habits.
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