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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 do the axe and meteorite signify in relationship to Enkidu?

2. What type of drink is Enkidu used to drinking?

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

4. What does Gilgamesh do that awakens Humbaba?

5. How many days would it take a mortal man to travel as far as Gilgamesh and Enkidu cover in fifty double hours?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the city of Uruk.

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

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

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

5. Describe the battle between Enkidu and Gilgamesh.

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

7. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

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

9. Describe the bull of heaven.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Tablet 5, Column 4, Line 6 which reads, "His tears [gushed forth] in streams." To whom does the line refer? Shamash was speaking in the lines just prior to this line. Gilgamesh is speaking in Line 7. There is no clear indication who is crying or why. Gilgamesh may be crying tears of joy because Humbaba has been defeated. Enkidu may be crying for no apparent reason. Humbaba, the demon, may even be crying because he has been defeated. Discuss the line and who you think could be the party responsible for crying.

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