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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 unique feature does this book use to help the reader understand these stories?
(a) It relates these stories to other, well-known tales.
(b) It offers several original pictures from the time period.
(c) It is fully annotated so that further research is accessible.
(d) It offers a version of the stories in their original language.

2. In the story of Ishtar, what version does the author use?
(a) The Akkadian.
(b) The Sumerian.
(c) The Greek.
(d) The Old Babylonian.

3. What Phoenician god might be based on the legend of Ereshkigal and Nergal?
(a) Baal.
(b) Adonis.
(c) Melqart.
(d) Tanit.

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

5. How much of Gilgamesh is considered to be the mortal part?
(a) One fourth.
(b) One fifth.
(c) One third.
(d) One half.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Ereshkigal?

2. In terms of population control, what do the gods agree to do with women?

3. What does Atrahasis bring onto his boat besides people?

4. How many gates must one pass through to reach Kurnugi?

5. Who is Nergal's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. What arrangement is made for Ishtar's release from the Underworld?

2. How does Enkidu escape from the Underworld on an alternate tablet?

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

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

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

6. How does Ishtar gain entrance into the Underworld?

7. What is significant about Ninsun adopting Enkidu as her own son?

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

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

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

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