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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 name of the god to whom Ninsun prays?
(a) Shamash
(b) Shamain
(c) Egalmah
(d) Saecean

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

3. What is another name for the cedar forest?
(a) The home of Shamash
(b) Utnapishtim's stronghold
(c) The dwelling place of the gods
(d) The end of the world

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

5. The elders tell Gilgamesh that he is young and __________ has carried him away in proposing to battle Humbaba.
(a) His pride
(b) His heart
(c) Enkidu's friendship
(d) His fear

Short Answer Questions

1. Who do the elders send to protect Gilgamesh?

2. What does Enkidu have knowledge of after being with the woman?

3. Who is Ninsun?

4. What does Gilgamesh want to do in the Cedar Forest?

5. What does Gilgamesh say will happen if Humbaba kills him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the procession that sees Gilgamesh off on his adventure.

2. Describe the city of Uruk.

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

4. Who does Gilgamesh decide to find and why does he wish to talk to this person/thing?

5. Describe where the Gilgamesh tablets are found and who found them.

6. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

7. When Utnapishtim wakes Gilgamesh after seven days what does he tell him to do? Where does Urshanabi take Gilgamesh?

8. What does Ninsun wear to pray to Shamash? Why does she dress this way?

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

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

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