What are each of the steps necessary to ask the oracle a question in The Egypt Game?

There are a number of steps necessary to ask the oracle a question. First of all, someone thinks up a question that they want to be answered. Then they write it down on a piece of paper and bring it to the temple of the oracle. The priest or priestess would then pass the piece of paper over a flame before placing it in the beak of Thoth and leaving it there overnight.

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The latest innovation in the Egypt Game is inspired by Mrs. Granger, the sixth-grade teacher at Wilson. She gives her students an assignment on oracles, priests or priestesses in ancient times who claimed to be able to mediate between humans and gods.

People would often approach oracles, such as the famous Oracle at Delphi in Greece, in the hopes of finding out what the future held. Prophecies made by oracles were held in high esteem as they were regarded as coming from the gods themselves.

Toby is suitably inspired by Mrs. Granger's assignment, so much so that he suggests incorporating an oracle into the Egypt Game. Before long, Toby's got a fully worked-out plan in mind that he eagerly shares with the others.

First of all, everyone thinks up a question they want to ask the oracle. Then they write it down on a piece of paper and bring it to the temple of the oracle. At that point, the priest or priestess passes the piece of paper over a sacred flame and does whatever other stuff they can think of.

Then comes the really good part. The priest or priestess would take the piece of paper to the special altar made for Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom, among other things, and put the question in his beak and leave it there overnight.

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