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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. Why does Enkidu go to a celebration in Uruk?
(a) To eat at the feast
(b) Because he wants to be part of the celebration
(c) To dance with the woman
(d) To stop Gilgamesh from sleeping with a new bride

2. How far do Gilgamesh and Enkidu walk each day?
(a) 50 miles
(b) As far as another man would walk in a month
(c) 100 miles
(d) 15 miles

3. What university in Pennsylvania owns a large portion of the Gilgamesh tablets?
(a) University of Philadelphia
(b) University of Pennsylvania
(c) Temple University
(d) Penn State University

4. How many days would it take a mortal man to travel as far as Gilgamesh and Enkidu cover in fifty double hours?
(a) Twelve days
(b) A month and fifteen days
(c) Three weeks
(d) A week

5. Gilgamesh asks Shamash to give Enkidu what?
(a) A kingdom of his own
(b) A wife
(c) A dream
(d) Victory over Humbaba

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the eight winds do to Humbaba?

2. To whom do the people of Uruk pray?

3. How does Gilgamesh say that Enkidu's paralysis will end?

4. What type of drink is Enkidu used to drinking?

5. Where is Enkidu raised?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss why Gilgamesh has such a difficult time dealing with Enkidu's death.

2. Discuss Enkidu's interpretations of Gilgamesh's dreams.

3. What does Enkidu already know about death because of his upbringing in the wilderness?

4. Describe the fight between Enlil and Shamash over which man will die - Gilgamesh or Enkidu.

5. Describe Gilgamesh's lamentations for Enkidu.

6. Describe Enkidu and Gilgamesh's relationship.

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

8. What does the flood and the salvation of one family represent?

9. Describe the disappointment awaiting Gilgamesh when he finally meets Utnapishtim.

10. Why do the people of Uruk celebrate the axe in Gilgamesh's dream?

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