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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. With whom does Enkidu live?

2. What happens to Enkidu's hand when he tries to open the gate?

3. What does Gilgamesh's mother tell him the two dreams mean?

4. How many days does the journey to the Cedar Forest take?

5. What do the people of Uruk say about Enkidu when they first see him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the only available way to cross to Utnapishtim.

3. Discuss why Enkidu is angered by news of the celebration in Uruk.

4. Discuss Enkidu's interpretations of Gilgamesh's dreams.

5. Describe Ekidnu's character.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Enkidu counsel Gilgamesh to do with Humbaba and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Repetition of words, phrases, or even scenes is common in the Epic. In Tablet 9 when Gilgamesh is traveling through the the mountain pass at Mashu the lines are repeated telling how many double hours Gilgamesh journeys, that the darkness is dense and that he cannot see in front of or behind him. Discuss the effect the repetition has on this scene.

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

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.

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