The 12th Planet 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. Who excavated a cave called Shanidar in Kurdish territory in 1957?

2. Why don't stars have gods?

3. Who in Hindu was the father of the Hindi 12 gods?

4. How many base numbers were in the Sumerian number system?

5. Who was the Greek Uranus overthrown by?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did humans attempt to go to the heavens and see the gods.

2. Who is Anu?

3. Why is Sitchin so sure that human life could not have begun on Earth?

4. Why does Marduk feel pressure from the other planets in the solar system?

5. Enki and Enlil were brothers and sons of Anu. Describe their personalities.

6. Why is 12 an important number for Sumerians?

7. Name some of the inventions that Sitchin believed the Sumerians were responsible for.

8. Why did Sitchin think it was possible for astrologists to be wrong in their assertion that there are only eight planets in the solar system?

9. What do Sumerian texts describe Pluto as?

10. Where did Sitchin think that most of the advancements in technology came from (region and time frame)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book Sitchin describe many gods and goddesses live up to ancient societal gender roles.

Using a god or goddess from the book, give an example of how he or she personifies the stereotype.

Are you using stereotypes that were prevalent in Mesopotamian culture or our society?

Essay Topic 2

1. Sitchin described the gods as being able to eat, breathe, and die.

2. Explain how these gods different from Christian, Islamic, and Jewish gods who cannot be healed.

3. How does this make Sitchin's gods more relatable? How does the realization of death among many people cause them to become more "human."

Essay Topic 3

Sitchin inferred that life does not need the sun to exist.

1. Do you agree with this assertion?

2. How does this statement go against what you have previously learned in school?

3. Could you abandon your previous beliefs to agree with Sitchin? Why or why not?

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