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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 long are Enkidu and the woman together?

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

3. The elders tell Gilgamesh that he is young and __________ has carried him away in proposing to battle Humbaba.

4. Where do Gilgamesh and Enkidu first meet?

5. What things do the shepherds teach Enkidu?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect do the missing lines of interpretation have on Gilgamesh's dreams?

2. Describe Ekidnu's character.

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

4. Discuss the procession that sees Gilgamesh off on his adventure.

5. What two things does Gilgamesh dream about and what does his mother say they mean?

6. Why do the people of Uruk celebrate the axe in Gilgamesh's dream?

7. Describe the encounter Gilgamesh has in which the snake steals the plant of youth.

8. Who does Gilgamesh command to mourn for Enkidu? How long does Gilgamesh mourn?

9. Compare and contrast Gilgamesh's insult to Ishtar with the one issued by Enkidu.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilgamesh begins lamenting for Enkidu at the earliest glimmer of morning light. When he walks the mountain paths he is in complete darkness but emerges into the radiant light of a garden. The emergence of a man from darkness into first light can be compared to rebirth and renewal. Consider these ideas and images while discussing Gilgamesh's grief process and Enkidu's burial.

Essay Topic 2

Gilgamesh has been on a great journey since he first met Enkidu. Enkidu is Gilgamesh's equal and the two have great adventures. However, Enkidu also represents the qualities that Gilgamesh lacks. Discuss Gilgamesh's journey to discover his own weaknesses and how he does or does not learn to accept them.

Essay Topic 3

Enlil is said to be the god who appointed Humbaba protector of the cedar forest. In Tablet, 7 Enlil is the god who announces that Enkidu shall die for his part in the killing of Humbaba, the bull of heaven and cutting down the cedar forest. Knowing that Enlil wanted the forest protected why do you think he chooses Enkidu over Gilgamesh as the one to die? Do you think that Enkidu's previous knowledge of Humbaba and the forest plays a role in Enlil's decision? Does Enlil count Gilgamesh innocent because he did not originally know the story of Humbaba and the cedar forest?

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