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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. The elders tell Gilgamesh that he is young and __________ has carried him away in proposing to battle Humbaba.
2. Who does Gilgamesh ask to bring him a dream? Or another reference for Shamash?
3. Who interprets Gilgamesh's dreams?
4. Who do the elders counsel Gilgamesh to let lead the way?
5. What does Enkidu have knowledge of after being with the woman?
Short Essay Questions
1. Compare and contrast Gilgamesh's insult to Ishtar with the one issued by Enkidu.
2. When Enkidu tells Gilgamesh about Humbaba the demon is he trying to warn Gilgamesh? Why does Gilgamesh not listen?
3. Describe Gilgamesh's lamentations for Enkidu.
4. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.
5. Discuss the procession that sees Gilgamesh off on his adventure.
6. How does Gilgamesh's decision to journey to Utnapishtim provide evidence that he still has not matured and continues to act rashly?
7. How does Enkidu describe the gate to the cedar forest?
8. After hearing about Ishtar's many lovers, what type of woman/goddess do you think she is?
9. Describe the monument Gilgamesh has constructed in Enkidu's honor. What precious stones are used? Why are these stones chosen?
10. Describe Gilgamesh's answer to Siduri about why his appearance is so rough.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Gilgamesh begins lamenting for Enkidu at the earliest glimmer of morning light. When he walks the mountain paths he is in complete darkness but emerges into the radiant light of a garden. The emergence of a man from darkness into first light can be compared to rebirth and renewal. Consider these ideas and images while discussing Gilgamesh's grief process and Enkidu's burial.
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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