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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 god is sacrificed in order to create man?
(a) Ea.
(b) Ilawela.
(c) Marduk.
(d) Enki.

2. How does Good-Looks save Ishtar from Kurnugi?
(a) He exchanges himself to Ereshkigal for Ishtar.
(b) He loosens her bonds.
(c) He kisses her.
(d) He pours the waters of life on her.

3. What ritual takes place during Dumuzi's time in Kurnugi?
(a) Lying-in-state.
(b) Funerals.
(c) Ritual cleansing.
(d) Weddings.

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

5. What goddess is said to have been the mother of Gilgamesh?
(a) Belet-ili.
(b) Ishtar.
(c) Lady Wild Cow.
(d) Ereshkigal.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Enki give Belet-ili?

3. In the story of Ereshkigal, why does Kakka tell the queen of the Underworld to send a messenger up to the world?

4. What is Ishtar's relationship to Ereshkigal?

5. What is the station of the god or goddess who creates man?

Short Essay Questions

1. After giving up on disease, how does Ellil try to keep the world from becoming overpopulated?

2. 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?

3. Before receiving instructions from Ea, how does the battle between Ninurta and Anzu initially go?

4. Why are several of the myths in this book fragmented or missing whole sections?

5. How does Ninurta ultimately defeat Anzu?

6. Describe Ishtar's journey to see her sister, Ereshkigal, in the Underworld.

7. How does the eagle help Etana on his quest to help his wife conceive?

8. What leads to Anzu stealing the Tablet of Destinies?

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

10. What happens when Erra takes over Marduk's palace?

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