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. By whom is Gilgamesh welcomed?

2. How does the goddess Ishtar feel about what has taken place?

3. What should Gilgamesh not do?

4. Who is responsible for molding humans from inanimate clay?

5. Into what does Enkidu eventually force Gilgamesh?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the main gods Gilgamesh's people possess?

2. What is the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

3. How do the citizens, Enkidu, and Gilgamesh fight the bull?

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

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

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

7. Why does Ishtar gather together all the gods?

8. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

9. What takes place when Enkidu comes upon the King?

10. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The loss of the magic weed is significant.

Part 1) How does he lose it? What does his behavior regarding his care of the weed reveal about his character?

Part 2) What does this loss foreshadow?

Part 3) What does this loss mean to humanity, specifically this culture?

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