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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. What is another name for the cedar forest?

2. What do the axe and meteorite signify in relationship to Enkidu?

3. Gilgamesh's dreams are an example of what kind of narrative technique?

4. Where do Gilgamesh and Enkidu go to contemplate their course of action and interpret Gilgamesh's dreams?

5. What happens to those who go to the cedar forest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the bull of heaven.

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

3. How does Enkidu describe the gate to the cedar forest?

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

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

6. Describe Gilgamesh's character.

7. What does Shamash say to Enkidu after Enkidu curses the courtesan?

8. Discuss why Gilgamesh has such a difficult time dealing with Enkidu's death.

9. Describe what Enkidu sees in his dream of the underworld.

10. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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