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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. What god is sacrificed in order to create man?

3. What threat does Ishtar use when addressing the gatekeeper of the Underworld?

4. On what medium where these myths originally found?

5. Who is Ereshkigal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Nergal's offense against Namtar and his penance?

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

8. How does mankind react to the drought and famine before the ultimate appearance of the flood?

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

10. How does Shamhat force Enkidu to meet Gilgamesh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of respect in the stories of Mesopotamia in the following format:

Part 1) Nergal, Namtar, and Ereshkigal.

Part 2) Apsu and the younger gods.

Part 3) Marduk.

Part 4) Erra and Ishum.

Part 5) Adapa and the South Wind.

Using these stories, create a thesis to describe the importance of respect in Mesopotamian culture and why the stories make that clear.

Essay Topic 2

What role does sex play in both Mesopotamian myths and culture? How do the gods react towards sex? How does mankind? In what stories is sex an important topic? How is the deity in charge of sexuality portrayed? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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