The Epic of Gilgamesh Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gilgamesh do with his hair and clothes?

2. What is Enkidu transformed into in order to journey to the underworld?

3. What happens when Enkidu enters the underworld?

4. What does Enkidu do after talking with Shamash?

5. What does Gilgamesh see when he steps into the light?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tablet 3, Column 6, Line 229 notes that Gilgamesh cries after an unrecorded address by the elders. Why do you think the young hero cries at this point? Is he behaving like a pouty child who is being prevented from having his way? Or does Gilgamesh have a moment of realization where the weight of what he has vowed to accomplish hits him? Epic heroes cannot back out of boasts once they are issued so Gilgamesh must follow through with his stated intentions.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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