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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 dreams does Gilgamesh have on the journey to the forest?

2. What does Enkidu tell Gilgamesh is guarding the Cedar Forest?

3. Humbaba promises to be Gilgamesh's what if left alive?

4. What is another name for the cedar forest?

5. This person is created to keep Gilgamesh occupied.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gilgamesh's journey through the mountain paths of Mashu.

2. Why must Gilgamesh confront the demon as soon as they arrive at the cedar forest?

3. Why is it significant that Gilgamesh cannot stay awake to pass the test Utnapishtim sets before him?

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

5. Describe the items Isthar promises Gilgamesh if he will become her husband.

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

7. How does Gilgamesh's decision to cut down all the trees of the cedar forest represent his continued rashness and inability to exercise moderation?

8. Why do the scorpion people finally agree to let Gilgamesh pass through the gates into the mountain paths?

9. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

10. Describe the encounter Gilgamesh has in which the snake steals the plant of youth.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Enkidu and Gilgamesh are preparing to leave to battle Humbaba, no one offers advice to Enkidu. Ninsun cautions Enkidu to look after her son and see him back safely. The elders and townspeople do not seem worried about Enkidu's welfare or chances of survival. How do you interpret this scene? Is Enkidu ignored because the people are confident in his ability? Or would counseling Enkidu detract from the importance of Gilgamesh's journey?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of women in the Gilgamesh epic. The courtesan functions to lead Enkidu out of the woods and introduce him to civilization. This could be considered a good event or a bad event. Ishtar becomes enraged when Gilgamesh spurns her love. Ishtar does not easily let her anger go and calls down terrible curses on Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

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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