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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 purpose does the Sigla and Abbreviations section serve for this book?
(a) It gives a time period in which these stories supposedly occurred.
(b) It gives historical background to the story.
(c) It describes, in-depth, characteristics of the text.
(d) It summarizes the work as a whole.

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

3. Fill in the blank: The ancient civilization of these myths can be found between the Tigris and the _______.
(a) Indus.
(b) Amu Darya.
(c) Euphrates.
(d) Nile.

4. 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 plead for Ereshkigal's release from her duties.
(c) Namtar is to kill Nergal.
(d) Namtar is to send a message to Ea about her weariness of being in the Underworld.

5. What is the result of Enkidu and Gilgamesh's brutal battle?
(a) Enkidu falls and becomes Gilgamesh's servant.
(b) Gilgamesh is felled by Enkidu and pledges his servitude to him.
(c) They become friends.
(d) They become enemies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason is given for the myths of this book being the basis of stories for other cultures?

2. What happens to the plant Gilgamesh took from the Apsu?

3. After Gilgamesh passes through the mountains, what creatures does Gilgamesh mistakenly kill?

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

5. After seven years of famine, to what does mankind resort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. What reasons does Ereshkigal give for her anguish over losing Nergal?

10. How do the fates of Dumuzi and Belili explain the seasons and rituals of Mesopotamia?

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