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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. How does Enkidu feel about the journey into the forest?
(a) He is worried about the quest.
(b) He plans to kill Humbaba himself.
(c) He is excited to get out of Uruk.
(d) He hopes to see the shepherds again.

2. What happens to Enkidu's hand when he tries to open the gate?
(a) It falls off
(b) It is paralyzed
(c) It is badly burned
(d) It turns to stone

3. Who reminds Gilgamesh of his boast in Uruk?
(a) Shamash
(b) Enkidu
(c) Ninsun
(d) Ishtar

4. Where does Gilgamesh see the ax in his dream?
(a) His bedroom
(b) The wilderness
(c) The marketplace
(d) The temple

5. What falls to the earth in Gilgamesh's dream?
(a) The sun
(b) A meteorite
(c) The stars
(d) A child

Short Answer Questions

1. How many layers of armor has Humbaba put on when Gilgamesh and Enkidu arrive at the gate to the forest?

2. Gilgamesh's dreams are a realization of his personal what?

3. Where does Gilgamesh vow to throw Humbaba's body?

4. What does the courtesan use to clothe Enkidu?

5. Who does Gilgamesh's mother pray to for protection for her son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it significant that Gilgamesh cannot stay awake to pass the test Utnapishtim sets before him?

3. Discuss how Gilgamesh's desire to seek out Utnapishtim at all costs creates an immortal legend for the hero.

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

5. What does Enkidu counsel Gilgamesh to do with Humbaba and why?

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

7. Describe Gilgamesh's dreams.

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

9. Why is Enkidu able to admit his fears openly while Gilgamesh cannot?

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

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