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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What Greek goddess is heavily connected to Ishtar?
2. What reason is given for the myths of this book being the basis of stories for other cultures?
3. In the final tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, what does Enkidu offer to retrieve for Gilgamesh?
4. For what errand does Ea create the man called Good-Looks?
5. On their journey to the Pine Forest, what plagues Gilgamesh?
Short Essay Questions
1. In the Mesopotamian myths discussed in this book, what early beliefs are depicted?
2. How does Ishtar gain entrance into the Underworld?
3. How does Enkidu escape from the Underworld on an alternate tablet?
4. After giving up on disease, how does Ellil try to keep the world from becoming overpopulated?
5. Why is Namtar sent above ground to the feast in the story of Nergal and Ereshkigal?
6. What remedies are offered after the flood to help control the population of the world?
7. Why does all sexual activity on Earth stop while Ishtar is in Kurnugi?
8. What function does the man, Good-Looks, serve in this story?
9. What reasons does Ereshkigal give for her anguish over losing Nergal?
10. How does Shamhat force Enkidu to meet Gilgamesh?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What role does love play in The Epic of Gilgamesh? Create a thesis based around the idea that love is the driving force in this particular myth. Points to consider, but not exclusively, include Enkidu and Gilgamesh's relationship, as well as Enkidu's adoption by Gilgamesh's mother.
Essay Topic 2
What is the significance of the Tablet of Destinies? What powers does it hold? Why do the gods hold it in such esteem? How did it come to be and how does that relate to Ninurta's recovery of the Tablet? How does Anzu having possession of the Tablet reveal the heroism of some of the gods? How does the Tablet of Destinies relate to Mesopotamian religious beliefs?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the differences in the separate versions of Nergal and Ereshkigal's myth. How does Nergal and Ereshkigal's character development change? What is significant about the Old Babylonian version being progressively more violent and less sympathetic towards Ereshkigal? How does Ea's involvement change in each story? Develop a clear thesis on this topic and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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