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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. How many hours do Gilgamesh and Enkidu walk in one day?
2. What does Enkidu tell Gilgamesh is guarding the Cedar Forest?
3. What do the eight winds do to Humbaba?
4. Who do the elders send to protect Gilgamesh?
5. What is a talent?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Gilgamesh's attitude towards the journey to the forest.
2. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?
3. Describe the battle between Enkidu and Gilgamesh.
4. Describe Ekidnu's character.
5. Why must Gilgamesh confront the demon as soon as they arrive at the cedar forest?
6. Discuss the procession that sees Gilgamesh off on his adventure.
7. Why do the scorpion people finally agree to let Gilgamesh pass through the gates into the mountain paths?
8. Describe the fight between Enlil and Shamash over which man will die - Gilgamesh or Enkidu.
9. Describe the city of Uruk.
10. Discuss how Gilgamesh's desire to seek out Utnapishtim at all costs creates an immortal legend for the hero.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the similarities between Utnapishtim's flood story and the Biblical account of Noah and the flood. What is the symbolism of the flood? Why do you think at least one man is saved in each story?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss fear as it is used in the story. Gilgamesh is afraid to admit when he is afraid but he cries after hearing the elders' description of Humbaba. Enkidu is not afraid to voice his concerns. Enkidu seems to understand that fear can be a positive attribute for a man. Is fear a positive attribute in a hero?
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