Atrahasis: Epic Summary & Explanation


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The best text of the Atrahasis epic is preserved _____.

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1. The gods create humanity _____

2. Enlil decides to destroy humanity _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the plot and themes of Atrahasis, an ancient Mesopotamian epic poem. You'll be asked questions about the story and importance of this famous epic poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will quiz you on the following:

  • In what form the epic is preserved
  • The story of Atrahasis
  • The poem's characters and themes
  • The translation of the word Atrahasis
  • Similarities between Atrahasis and biblical works

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - understand the basic facts about the poem's content and preservation
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Atrahasis
  • Knowledge application - use what you already know about ancient cultures to answer questions about Atrahasis and other ancient epics
  • Making connections - assess the parallels existing between Atrahasis and ancient Greek, Hebrew and biblical texts

Additional Learning

To learn more about Atrahasis, watch the accompanying lesson on the Plot and Themes in Atrahasis. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Learn the epic story of Atrahasis and understand the characters, plot and themes
  • Assess the similarities and differences between Atrahasis and other ancient texts
  • Understand the importance of the poem and what it teaches us about ancient Mesopotamian culture and religion