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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) Marduk.
(b) Ilawela.
(c) Enki.
(d) Ea.

2. How many figures are contained within this book?
(a) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Five.

3. What ancient text is not listed as having being inspired by these myths?
(a) Arabian Nights.
(b) The Illiad.
(c) The Old Testament.
(d) The Qur'an.

4. How must Nergal atone for his offense towards Namtar?
(a) Chop down trees and make a chair.
(b) Walk to the underworld over gravel and allow his blood to cleanse his offense.
(c) Sacrifice several animals to Namtar.
(d) Pray for forgiveness.

5. Of what is Ishtar's father the god?
(a) The earth.
(b) The sun.
(c) The moon.
(d) The seas.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story of Ishtar, what version does the author use?

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

3. What tool, in this book, explains how these myths came about?

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

5. In what modern country can the ancient civilization of these myths be found?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ishtar gain entrance into the Underworld?

2. How does Atrahasis initially save the world from ruin before the flood?

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

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

5. For what reasons does Enkidu die?

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

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

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

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

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