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Read the following lines from Book V when Humbaba taunts Enkidu.

“And you, Enkidu, you son of a fish or a turtle, you gutless, fatherless spawn who never suckled on mother’s milk, I saw you in the pastures when you were young, I saw you graze with the wandering herds but I didn’t kill you, you were too scrawny, you wouldn’t have made a decent meal. And now you dare to lead Gilgamesh here, you both stand before me looking like a pair of frightened girls” (Mitchell 122-123).

From these lines, modern readers can infer that Mesopotamian heroes were expected to be an antithesis of the monster Humbaba by being

A

merciful, dutiful, kind, and humble.

B

fearful, subservient, animalistic, and daring.

C

brutish, physically strong, inquisitive, and animalistic.

D

physically strong, brave, loyal, and civilized.

E

adventurous, dutiful, courageous, and combative.

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