Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In the Amarna version of Nergal and Ereshkigal's story, what does Ea send to the Underworld with Nergal?

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

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

4. How does Ereshkigal avenge herself upon Ishtar?

5. What does Belili offer in order to help her brother, Dumuzi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What remedies are offered after the flood to help control the population of the world?

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

4. What is the fate of the Sea and the Cattle God?

5. Why does Adapa curse the South Wind and what are the consequences?

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

7. How does Marduk defeat Tiamat?

8. What does Mother Hubur create for Tiamat and why?

9. Why does all sexual activity on Earth stop while Ishtar is in Kurnugi?

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

Essay Topics

Compare and contrast the characters of Apsu, Ea, and Marduk. All three of these held positions of power among the gods. What are their differences? What are their similarities? What roles do they plan in the Mesopotamian myths? Which of the gods is the more effective leader? How are all three of these gods related? In what way does Apsu's actions lead to Marduk's appointment as king of the gods? How does Tiamat figure into the hierarchy of the gods? What is significant about Erra's methods of taking over in his story?

Write an essay about the Bible's connections to Enkidu from The Epic of Gilgamesh in the following format:

Part 1) Enkidu and Gilgamesh in comparison to Adam and Eve.

Part 2) Enkidu and Shamhat as Adam, Eve, and the Serpent.

Part 3) Enkidu as a martyr.

Part 4) Enkidu's resurrection.

How is power both a theme and the center of all conflicts in the story of Anzu? How does Anzu steal his power? How is Ninurta able to kill Anzu despite the latter possessing the Tablet of Destinies? How is Ninurta's decision to go to battle for the glory a way of wresting power for himself? How does this play out in his conflict with Anzu?

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