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. To what is this man compared?

2. What do singers do?

3. In what do Gilgamesh and Enkidu take part?

4. What does the double-edged axe symbolize?

5. How does Enlil feel about Shamash's pity for mankind?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

2. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

3. How does Ishtar react to the battle between Humbaba and the two friends?

4. How is Enkidu convinced to join the King on his adventure?

5. How are the heroes greeted by the citizens of Uruk?

6. How does this wall affect the people of Uruk?

7. How does Enlil react to Shamash's pity for mankind?

8. What happens to the hunter? What does he do in reaction to this?

9. What is the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

10. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilgamesh is the main character in the story.

Part 1) Describe Gilgamesh. How do you know he is the main character?

Part 2) How do you know he is a catalyst?

Part 3) How does the creation of Enkidu help the reader gain more knowledge about Gilgamesh?

Essay Topic 2

At every point of his journey, Gilgamesh is warned of the dangers.

Part 1) How is he warned? Why is he warned?

Part 2) Gilgamesh is not only warned but urged to act a certain way. How is he urged to behave? Why?

Part 3) What is the purpose for this urging? How might it affect those hearing or reading the story in this society?

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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