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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 do the elders send to protect Gilgamesh?

2. How many days does the journey to the Cedar Forest take?

3. What do the people of Uruk do with the axe in Gilgamesh's dream?

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

5. What is the name of the god to whom Ninsun prays?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the barmaid tell Gilgamesh and what do her words foreshadow?

2. Describe Gilgamesh's attitude towards the journey to the forest.

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

4. Describe the only available way to cross to Utnapishtim.

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

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

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

8. Describe Gilgamesh's character.

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

10. Why do the people of Uruk celebrate the axe in Gilgamesh's dream?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many lines are missing throughout the story. Some are uninterpretable, while others have been destroyed by wear and tear or lost altogether. Discuss the impact missing lines have on the story. How do they affect understanding of events? How difficult is it for translators to piece together a complete story from different manuscripts each with missing lines?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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