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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ereshkigal avenge herself upon Ishtar?
(a) Namtar tricks Ishtar into marrying a beast.
(b) She traps Ishtar in an icy lake.
(c) Namtar removes Ishtar's divine rights.
(d) Namtar casts sixty diseases on Ishtar.

2. How does Ellil first punish mankind in the story of Atrahasis?
(a) He ignores their prayers for children.
(b) He sends a flood.
(c) He unleashes the Sebitti.
(d) He orders a drought.

3. When Nergal travels to the Underworld, to what story is the description of his descent similar?
(a) Ishtar's descent.
(b) Atrahasis and the flood.
(c) Gilgamesh's search for immortality.
(d) Enkidu's escape from the Underworld.

4. How must Nergal atone for his offense towards Namtar?
(a) Chop down trees and make a chair.
(b) Pray for forgiveness.
(c) Sacrifice several animals to Namtar.
(d) Walk to the underworld over gravel and allow his blood to cleanse his offense.

5. In what color is Dumuzi clad when he descends to Kurnugi?
(a) Black.
(b) Red.
(c) Blue.
(d) White.

6. What does Atrahasis bring onto his boat besides people?
(a) The Sebitti.
(b) The altar from Ellil's temple.
(c) Animals.
(d) Rocks for the gods.

7. After Gilgamesh passes through the mountains, what creatures does Gilgamesh mistakenly kill?
(a) The Sebitti.
(b) The taklimtu.
(c) The Gorgons.
(d) The stone creatures.

8. What does Enki give Belet-ili?
(a) Rock.
(b) Clay.
(c) Sand.
(d) Wood.

9. How many gates must one pass through to reach Kurnugi?
(a) Ten.
(b) Six.
(c) Seven.
(d) Five.

10. Who is Nergal's father?
(a) Namtar.
(b) Ellil.
(c) Ea.
(d) Dumuzi.

11. What reasons does Enki give for instructing Antrahasis to build his boat?
(a) He wanted to be sure that there would still be life on earth.
(b) He was asked to intervene by Belet-ili.
(c) He wanted to be sure that the new race of humans would worship him.
(d) He wanted to humiliate Ellil.

12. For what reason, in the story of Atrahasis, do the gods create man?
(a) The gods were bored.
(b) They were hoping to run an experiment.
(c) They are tired of doing all of the work on their own.
(d) The gods were lonely without anyone to lead.

13. In the story of Ishtar, what version does the author use?
(a) The Sumerian.
(b) The Akkadian.
(c) The Old Babylonian.
(d) The Greek.

14. Of what is Ishtar's father the god?
(a) The seas.
(b) The moon.
(c) The sun.
(d) The earth.

15. Who is Ereshkigal?
(a) Goddess of the earth.
(b) Queen of the mountains.
(c) Goddess of the sun.
(d) Queen of the Underworld.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the author of this book believe it is necessary to understand where the stories of several different cultures originated?

3. On what medium where these myths originally found?

4. After the death of Enkidu, for what does a grieving Gilgamesh seek?

5. What is Ishtar's relationship to Ereshkigal?

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