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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. When Nergal returns to the Underworld on his own, what happens when he finds Ereshkigal?
(a) Ereshkigal strikes him in the face.
(b) He spits in Namtar's face.
(c) They remain in bed for seven days.
(d) Ereshkigal orders for him to be tortured.

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

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

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

5. In what tradition where these myths originally related?
(a) Oral tradition.
(b) Dance.
(c) Murals within the temples.
(d) Song.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Nergal sent to the Underworld?

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

3. Of what is Ishtar's father the god?

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

5. Who is Ereshkigal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Ishtar gain entrance into the Underworld?

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

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

7. 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?

8. In the Armana version of the story of Nergal and Ereshkigal, what happens when Nergal goes to the Underworld?

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

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

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