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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the woman called who seduces Enkidu?
(a) Eanna
(b) The courtier
(c) The courtesan
(d) The harlot

2. What is the name of the city Gilgamesh builds?
(a) Urukali
(b) Ukur
(c) Ruku
(d) Uruk

3. Where do Gilgamesh and Enkidu go to contemplate their course of action and interpret Gilgamesh's dreams?
(a) The temple
(b) The plain
(c) The forest
(d) The river

4. What does Enkidu do with the animals he finds in the woods?
(a) Teaches them to attack Gilgamesh
(b) Frees them from traps
(c) Captures them to sell in the city
(d) Kills them for the fur

5. What is a talent?
(a) A unit for measuring length
(b) A type of sword
(c) An ability a person has to perform well
(d) A unit of measure equalling about sixty pounds

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days does the journey to the Cedar Forest take?

2. Gilgamesh's dreams are an example of what kind of narrative technique?

3. In Gilgamesh's second dream what does he see?

4. Which god is said to have her throne in the Cedar Forest?

5. Who does Gilgamesh ask to bring him a dream? Or another reference for Shamash?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gilgamesh's actions following the beheading of Humbaba.

2. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

3. Discuss why Enkidu is angered by news of the celebration in Uruk.

4. Describe the bull of heaven.

5. How does Gilgamesh's decision to journey to Utnapishtim provide evidence that he still has not matured and continues to act rashly?

6. Why is Urshanabi prevented from immediately conducting Gilgamesh across the sea?

7. What does the barmaid tell Gilgamesh and what do her words foreshadow?

8. Describe Gilgamesh's character.

9. What does Shamash say to Enkidu after Enkidu curses the courtesan?

10. How does Gilgamesh's decision to cut down all the trees of the cedar forest represent his continued rashness and inability to exercise moderation?

(see the answer keys)

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