The Epic of Gilgamesh Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Enkidu not like living in the city?

2. How does Enkidu feel about the journey into the forest?

3. Humbaba asks Gilgamesh to not do what to him?

4. With whom does Enkidu live?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Enkidu not like living in the city?

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

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

4. Describe where the Gilgamesh tablets are found and who found them.

5. What does Enkidu counsel Gilgamesh to do with Humbaba and why?

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

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

8. Enkidu is even more afraid when his hand becomes paralyzed after touching the forest gate. Describe the speech Gilgamesh makes to his friend to encourage him.

9. Describe the Cedar Forest as Gilgamesh and Enkidu encounter it.

10. Describe Gilgamesh's lamentations for Enkidu.

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

When Gilgamesh identifies himself to Siduri, he lists the accomplishments of his life. He also lists these accomplishments when describing Enkidu. Discuss why these accomplishments are so important to Gilgamesh's life. Relate your discussion to class discussions throughout the book that focused on the importance of a man leaving some sort of legacy for himself and dying a valiant death.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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