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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. Gilgamesh thinks he is entitled to do what with new brides?
(a) Keep them as slaves
(b) Toast at their wedding
(c) Spend the night with them
(d) Kiss them before the groom does

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

3. Why do the gods create Enkidu?
(a) To rule Uruk
(b) To spend time with the woman
(c) To kill Gilgamesh
(d) To balance Gilgamesh's weaknesses

4. How many goblets of strong drink does Enkidu drink after the courtesan teaches him to drink properly?
(a) Seven
(b) Sixteen
(c) Ten
(d) Two

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days would it take a mortal man to travel as far as Gilgamesh and Enkidu cover in fifty double hours?

2. What does Gilgamesh's mother tell him the two dreams mean?

3. What will supposedly make Enkidu lose his power?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the weapons Gilgamesh and Enkidu arm themselves with to fight Humbaba.

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

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

6. Who speaks the last lines of the Tablet?

7. What effect do the missing lines of interpretation have on Gilgamesh's dreams?

8. How does the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu continue to grow on their journey?

9. Describe the monument Gilgamesh has constructed in Enkidu's honor. What precious stones are used? Why are these stones chosen?

10. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

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