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 does the King attempt to do to the savage?

2. What does Gilgamesh do to the beast?

3. What should Gilgamesh not do?

4. What does Ishtar threaten to do If her father does not create the creature she requests?

5. After Harim and Enkidu proceed to the temple, what does the young priestess do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What eclipses Enkidu entrance into the city?

3. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

4. How does the King plan to rid Uruk of Enkidu?

5. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

6. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

7. Why does Gilgamesh go to his mother for advice?

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

9. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

10. What do the hunter and his father find in Uruk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are capable of beastial and compassionate behavior.

Part 1) Describe how they are both capable of beastial and compassionate behavior?

Part 2) How are they capable of such contrasting behaviors? What does this reveal about the characters?

Part 3) How does this behavior bring the two characters closer together, as well as engage the audience in this story?

Part 4) How does this behavior reflect human behavior?

Essay Topic 2

This story serves a purpose.

Part 1) What purpose does it serve?

Part 2) How might those hearing or reading this story when it was first created react to it differently than readers today? Why?

Part 3) Why is this considered an epic? Are there any stories in your culture that you would consider epics? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The behavior of these gods is often cruel and unpredictable.

Part ) How is their behavior cruel and unpredictable? Are you surprised by this behavior? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this behavior compare to the behavior of humans? How does the behavior of both the gods and humans compare to your opinion about typical god-like or human behavior?

Part 3) How does the behavior of the gods affect both other gods and humans?

Part 4) How does the behavior of these gods reflect the beliefs of the people during which this story was created?

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