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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 happens to those who go to the cedar forest?

2. What two things does Enkidu do that make him like a man?

3. What do the people of Uruk say about Enkidu when they first see him?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Enkidu's interpretations of Gilgamesh's dreams.

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

4. What two things does Gilgamesh dream about and what does his mother say they mean?

5. Compare and contrast Gilgamesh's insult to Ishtar with the one issued by Enkidu.

6. Who does Gilgamesh decide to find and why does he wish to talk to this person/thing?

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

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

9. When Enkidu tells Gilgamesh about Humbaba the demon is he trying to warn Gilgamesh? Why does Gilgamesh not listen?

10. Describe the weapons Gilgamesh and Enkidu arm themselves with to fight Humbaba.

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

Gilgamesh has been on a great journey since he first met Enkidu. Enkidu is Gilgamesh's equal and the two have great adventures. However, Enkidu also represents the qualities that Gilgamesh lacks. Discuss Gilgamesh's journey to discover his own weaknesses and how he does or does not learn to accept them.

Essay Topic 3

Repetition of words, phrases, or even scenes is common in the Epic. In Tablet 9 when Gilgamesh is traveling through the the mountain pass at Mashu the lines are repeated telling how many double hours Gilgamesh journeys, that the darkness is dense and that he cannot see in front of or behind him. Discuss the effect the repetition has on this scene.

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