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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 days does the journey to the Cedar Forest take?

2. Who intercedes to help Gilgamesh overcome Humbaba?

3. Which god is said to have her throne in the Cedar Forest?

4. Who is Ninsun?

5. What does Enkidu forget when he is sitting before the courtesan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

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

5. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

6. Discuss why Enkidu is angered by news of the celebration in Uruk.

7. Describe the garden which greets Gilgamesh once he journeys through the darkness of the mountain pass.

8. Describe the fight between Enlil and Shamash over which man will die - Gilgamesh or Enkidu.

9. Why is Urshanabi prevented from immediately conducting Gilgamesh across the sea?

10. Describe the city of Uruk.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

After the snake has stolen Gilgamesh's plant, the hero sits contemplating all that has befallen him. He wonders who he has done everything for and realizes that in the end all his rash actions have not gotten him anywhere. Gilgamesh returns to Uruk and stands on the wall overlooking his city. How do you think Gilgamesh views his city after his long journey? At the beginning of the story he viewed Uruk and the citizens as his personal playground and slaves. Do you think Gilgamesh has a new appreciation for the people and the beauty of Uruk?

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