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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the Armana version, why does Ereshkigal send Namtar to the gods after the banquet?
(a) Namtar is to bring Nergal to her.
(b) Namtar is to send a message to Ea about her weariness of being in the Underworld.
(c) Namtar is to kill Nergal.
(d) Namtar is to plead for Ereshkigal's release from her duties.

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

4. What reason does the author give for noting similarities between these myths and other, well-known stories?
(a) It allows the reader to see that the Mesopotamian myths came first.
(b) It allows the reader to easier relate to the myths.
(c) It allows the reader to see the progression of gender relations through stories.
(d) It allows the reader to see the differences in the relationship between man and god.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In terms of population control, what do the gods agree to do with women?

2. What reason is given for parts of these myths being missing?

3. When Nergal escapes from the Underworld, what do the gods demand be done to him?

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

5. What ancient text is not listed as having being inspired by these myths?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Mesopotamian myths discussed in this book, what early beliefs are depicted?

2. In the longer version of this story, what happens after Namtar fails to find Nergal outside of the Underworld?

3. What remedies are offered after the flood to help control the population of the world?

4. Why is Namtar sent above ground to the feast in the story of Nergal and Ereshkigal?

5. Why does Belet-ili bring Enkidu to life?

6. What reasons are given for the Mesopotamian myths becoming the basis of stories for several other cultures?

7. According to the story of Atrahasis, how and why was man created?

8. Describe the purpose and function of some of the many different features of this book.

9. According to the author, why is it important that people understand the origins of several well-known stories as well as knowing more about the time period from which these stories were born?

10. How does mankind react to the drought and famine before the ultimate appearance of the flood?

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