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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Epic of Gilgamesh - Standard version and Old Babylonian Version.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What gesture does Ninsun extend before Gilgamesh and Enkidu go to stop Humbaba?
(a) She blesses Enkidu.
(b) She asks Gilgamesh and Enkidu to pray with her.
(c) She adopts Enkidu as another son.
(d) She disowns Gilgamesh so that he will carry no guilt of abandonment with him on his journey.

2. What tool, in this book, explains how these myths came about?
(a) The Prefaces.
(b) The Abbreviations.
(c) The Sigla.
(d) The Figures.

3. What section of the book is the table of contents for the book's figures?
(a) The Prefaces.
(b) The Sigla.
(c) The List of Figures.
(d) The Abbreviations.

4. What do the gods, at the end of Atrahasis's story, amend in every living human?
(a) Life span.
(b) The ability to reason.
(c) Their soul.
(d) Free will.

5. Who do the myths revolve around?
(a) The gods of Rome.
(b) The gods of Greece.
(c) The gods of Mesopotamia.
(d) The gods of China.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Anu and Ellil agree to do for the other gods?

2. In the Babylonian version of Gilgamesh's story, what incites the battle between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

3. Why is the author not entirely certain that Atrahasis sent an offering of peace to the gods to stop the flooding?

4. On what medium where these myths originally found?

5. In what tradition where these myths originally related?

(see the answer key)

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