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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 many days does the journey to the Cedar Forest take?

2. Who intercedes to help Gilgamesh overcome Humbaba?

3. Which god is said to have her throne in the Cedar Forest?

4. Who is Ninsun?

5. What does Enkidu forget when he is sitting before the courtesan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the weapons Gilgamesh and Enkidu arm themselves with to fight Humbaba.

3. Describe Enkidu's relationship with the shepherds.

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

5. What legend surrounds Gilgamesh's birth?

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

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

8. Describe the fight between Enlil and Shamash over which man will die - Gilgamesh or Enkidu.

9. Why is Urshanabi prevented from immediately conducting Gilgamesh across the sea?

10. Describe the city of Uruk.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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