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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who reminds Gilgamesh of his boast in Uruk?

2. How does Enkidu react to Gilgamesh's dreams?

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

4. This person is created to keep Gilgamesh occupied.

5. What does Enkidu forget when he is sitting before the courtesan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Cedar Forest as Gilgamesh and Enkidu encounter it.

2. Describe the garden which greets Gilgamesh once he journeys through the darkness of the mountain pass.

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

4. Describe what Enkidu sees in his dream of the underworld.

5. Describe Gilgamesh's actions following the beheading of Humbaba.

6. Why are the gods responsible for creating a second man to be a counterpart to Gilgamesh?

7. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

8. Who does Gilgamesh command to mourn for Enkidu? How long does Gilgamesh mourn?

9. Describe Gilgamesh's answer to Siduri about why his appearance is so rough.

10. Describe the items Isthar promises Gilgamesh if he will become her husband.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Tablet 2, the author notes that Enkidu listened to the courtesan's advice and took the words of a woman to heart. There is an ominous connotation to these lines. A man who took the words of a woman seriously was not viewed as intelligent. Discuss the implications for Enkidu's life since he is now listening to the courtesan's advice on how to live his life. Relate your discussion to Enkidu's later illness and the curse, followed by the blessing, he calls down upon the courtesan.

Essay Topic 2

Gilgamesh has been on a great journey since he first met Enkidu. Enkidu is Gilgamesh's equal and the two have great adventures. However, Enkidu also represents the qualities that Gilgamesh lacks. Discuss Gilgamesh's journey to discover his own weaknesses and how he does or does not learn to accept them.

Essay Topic 3

Siduri tells Gilgamesh that the only way to cross the sea is with Utnapishtim's boatman. The sea that he must cross are waters of death. Death is what Gilgamesh is most afraid of. Discuss the significance of Gilgamesh desiring to cross the sea of death in order to find the way to immortality.

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