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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. To whom do the people of Uruk pray?

2. The tale of Gilgamesh is carved on what type of stone?

3. What other people try to discourage Gilgamesh from undertaking his voyage to engage Humbaba?

4. Gilgamesh's dreams are a realization of his personal what?

5. What is another phrase for sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. After hearing about Ishtar's many lovers, what type of woman/goddess do you think she is?

2. Describe the bull of heaven.

3. What does Enkidu already know about death because of his upbringing in the wilderness?

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

5. Describe Gilgamesh's dreams.

6. Describe the city of Uruk.

7. Describe the disappointment awaiting Gilgamesh when he finally meets Utnapishtim.

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

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

10. How does the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu continue to grow on their journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Tablet 3, Gilgamesh talks about the fleetness of man's life. In Tablet 7, Enkidu laments that he is dying a disgraceful death instead of on the battlefield. The importance of a man's deeds, how he dies, and the way he is remembered are significant themes to the Epic and other heroic tales. Discuss this theme in relation to Gilgamesh. How do his rash deeds lead to a heroic life and deeds remembered? How do Gilgamesh's actions affect Enkidu's life so that he must die a disgraceful death? Does one man have to sacrifice others in order to gain notoriety for himself?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Tablet 3, Column 6, Line 229 notes that Gilgamesh cries after an unrecorded address by the elders. Why do you think the young hero cries at this point? Is he behaving like a pouty child who is being prevented from having his way? Or does Gilgamesh have a moment of realization where the weight of what he has vowed to accomplish hits him? Epic heroes cannot back out of boasts once they are issued so Gilgamesh must follow through with his stated intentions.

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