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. What is another name for the cedar forest?

2. Where does Gilgamesh vow to throw Humbaba's body?

3. Where is Enkidu raised?

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

5. What falls to the earth in Gilgamesh's dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

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

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

5. Discuss how Gilgamesh's desire to seek out Utnapishtim at all costs creates an immortal legend for the hero.

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

7. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

8. Describe the disappointment awaiting Gilgamesh when he finally meets Utnapishtim.

9. Describe the monument Gilgamesh has constructed in Enkidu's honor. What precious stones are used? Why are these stones chosen?

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

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

Tablet 3, Column 6, Line 229 notes that Gilgamesh cries after an unrecorded address by the elders. Why do you think the young hero cries at this point? Is he behaving like a pouty child who is being prevented from having his way? Or does Gilgamesh have a moment of realization where the weight of what he has vowed to accomplish hits him? Epic heroes cannot back out of boasts once they are issued so Gilgamesh must follow through with his stated intentions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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