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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 people of Uruk say about Enkidu when they first see him?

2. How many layers of armor has Humbaba put on when Gilgamesh and Enkidu arrive at the gate to the forest?

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

4. At what time of night does Gilgamesh awaken Enkidu to tell him about his dream?

5. What happens to those who go to the cedar forest?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ninsun wear to pray to Shamash? Why does she dress this way?

4. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

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

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

7. Describe Gilgamesh's dreams.

8. What does the flood and the salvation of one family represent?

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

10. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Tablet 2, Column 3, Lines 10-14 the courtesan instructs Enkidu to eat the bread and drink the strong drink. Compare the wording of these lines to the words used in Christian communion ceremonies. There is a formulaic quality to the lines where the participant is instructed to "take and eat, take and drink." Are there any similarities between these lines? Gilgamesh is often compared with other Old Testament stories but the communion ritual comes from the last supper. Is there any evidence to support a connection between Gilgamesh and Christ's last supper?

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

Enkidu is a man without a family, without title, and without anyone to remember him when he is gone. Ninsun speaks with him before he leaves with Gilgamesh to face Humbaba. Ninsun adopts him as her own son and gives him gifts similar to those that Gilgamesh receives as her son. The hero who does not have a family is often adopted by those he aides. A similar scene occurs in Beowulf when Hrothgar "adopts" Beowulf. Discuss the implications of Ninsun adopting Enkidu as her own. What does this adoption mean for Enkidu? How will it affect his life compared with being a nameless man living among the shepherds and beasts?

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