Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bernarda Bryson Shahn
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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 happens when Enkidu hurries to the Temple of Ishtar to look for Harim?

2. Over whom does Anu hesitate to take the side of the common people?

3. To what is this man compared?

4. With the mothers robbed of their sons and the young girls of their lovers, what do the city elders decide to do?

5. Who does Ishtar gather together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Utnapishtim agree to tell Gilgamesh?

2. What must Gilgamesh do to reach Utnapishtim?

3. What is the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

4. What steps must Gilgamesh undertake before he can enter the underworld?

5. What does the scorpion-man urge Gilgamesh to do? How does Gilgamesh respond?

6. How does Gilgamesh lose the magic weed?

7. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

8. How does the King respond when the elders try to intervene?

9. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

10. Why is the crow sent out? Why does it not return?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many similarities and differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

Part 1) How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) To what do these similarities and differences lead?

Part 3) How does this relationship guide the plot of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Gilgamesh's immortality is not meant to be.

Part 1) Why is it not meant to be? At what point in the story did you realize he would not gain immortality?

Part 2) How does his mortality affect those around him? How does he feel about his own mortality? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) After reading this story, what are your thoughts on immortality? Does immortality make life better? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Gilgamesh becomes impatient waiting for the boatman.

Part 1) Why does he become impatient? What does he do when he becomes impatient?

Part 2) What does this behavior reveal about his character?

Part 3) How does this behavior affect his quest? How might his quest have gone differently if he had behaved differently?

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