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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. Who does Gilgamesh's mother pray to for protection for her son?
(a) Humbaba
(b) The sun god
(c) Enkidu
(d) The god of the forest

2. What two things does Enkidu do that make him like a man?
(a) Kills a lion and drinks strong wine
(b) Annoints his body with oil and puts on his garment
(c) Eats bread and sleeps with the woman
(d) Cuts down the forest and kills the wolves

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

4. Where is Enkidu raised?
(a) With the gods
(b) In a city full of Gilgamesh's enemies
(c) The wilderness
(d) Uruk

5. Humbaba promises to be Gilgamesh's what if left alive?
(a) Shepherd
(b) Servant
(c) Best Friend
(d) Armorer

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Enkidu feel about the journey into the forest?

2. What will supposedly make Enkidu lose his power?

3. From where does Gilgamesh's mother say his companion will come?

4. This person is created to keep Gilgamesh occupied.

5. What is another name for Humbaba?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

2. Describe the encounter Gilgamesh has in which the snake steals the plant of youth.

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

4. Enkidu is even more afraid when his hand becomes paralyzed after touching the forest gate. Describe the speech Gilgamesh makes to his friend to encourage him.

5. Who speaks the last lines of the Tablet?

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

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

8. Why does Enkidu not like living in the city?

9. After hearing about Ishtar's many lovers, what type of woman/goddess do you think she is?

10. Compare and contrast Gilgamesh's insult to Ishtar with the one issued by Enkidu.

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