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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 does Gilgamesh say that Enkidu's paralysis will end?

2. What do the eight winds do to Humbaba?

3. What will supposedly make Enkidu lose his power?

4. What is the name of the temple where Gilgamesh and Enkidu go to pray?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Gilgamesh's decision to journey to Utnapishtim provide evidence that he still has not matured and continues to act rashly?

4. Describe the city of Uruk.

5. What does the flood and the salvation of one family represent?

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

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

8. Who speaks the last lines of the Tablet?

9. Describe Gilgamesh's lamentations for Enkidu.

10. Describe Enkidu and Gilgamesh's relationship.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Humbaba is not ready for battle when Gilgamesh and Enkidu arrive. As the defender of the forest it seems that the guardian should be ready to meet enemies at all times. Discuss the reasons Humbaba may not be ready for battle? Discuss also the implications of a demon guardian who must wear special armor in order to be invincible? Does the timing of Gilgamesh's arrival indicate a favorable outcome?

Essay Topic 2

In Tablet 2, Column 3, Lines 10-14 the courtesan instructs Enkidu to eat the bread and drink the strong drink. Compare the wording of these lines to the words used in Christian communion ceremonies. There is a formulaic quality to the lines where the participant is instructed to "take and eat, take and drink." Are there any similarities between these lines? Gilgamesh is often compared with other Old Testament stories but the communion ritual comes from the last supper. Is there any evidence to support a connection between Gilgamesh and Christ's last supper?

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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