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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. What other people try to discourage Gilgamesh from undertaking his voyage to engage Humbaba?

3. What is the woman called who seduces Enkidu?

4. Where does Gilgamesh pour out his fine-meal?

5. How far do Gilgamesh and Enkidu walk each day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it significant that Gilgamesh cannot stay awake to pass the test Utnapishtim sets before him?

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

4. Who speaks the last lines of the Tablet?

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

6. How does the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu continue to grow on their journey?

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

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

9. Describe Gilgamesh's lamentations for Enkidu.

10. When Utnapishtim wakes Gilgamesh after seven days what does he tell him to do? Where does Urshanabi take Gilgamesh?

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

Siduri tells Gilgamesh that the only way to cross the sea is with Utnapishtim's boatman. The sea that he must cross are waters of death. Death is what Gilgamesh is most afraid of. Discuss the significance of Gilgamesh desiring to cross the sea of death in order to find the way to immortality.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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