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

2. What happens to the plant Gilgamesh took from the Apsu?
(a) It is stolen by Ishtar.
(b) It is stolen by a snake.
(c) It is lost in a storm.
(d) It is eaten by Gilgamesh in a trick from Ishtar.

3. 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.

4. What reason does Ut-napishtium (or Atrahasis) give Gilgamesh for why only he is allowed to be immortal?
(a) Ut-napishtium is too holy to ever die.
(b) Ut-napishtium saved the gods.
(c) Ut-napishtium saved mankind.
(d) Ut-napishtium's responsibilities on Earth will never end.

5. How long does Enki believe the flood will last?
(a) Forty days and forty nights.
(b) Seven days.
(c) Three years.
(d) Three weeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What mercy does Ea grant to Gilgamesh in response to the man's prayers?

2. How many figures are contained within this book?

3. When sent from the Underworld, why is Namtar unable to locate Nergal?

4. Of what is Ishtar the goddess?

5. How much of Gilgamesh is considered to be the mortal part?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gilgamesh's journey to see Ut-napishtim (or Atrahasis)?

2. How does Shamhat force Enkidu to meet Gilgamesh?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What function does the man, Good-Looks, serve in this story?

10. What must Namtar avoid doing while in the Underworld serving out his punishment?

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