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 do Gilgamesh and Enkidu do when Ishtar calls the gods to battle against them?

2. What does Ninsun do at the temple?

3. What do the elders request of Enkidu?

4. How do the citizens feel about Enkido's behavior?

5. To what is this man compared?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

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

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

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

5. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

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

7. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

8. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

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

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

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

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 and the boatman are given directions for how to find a magic weed.

Part 1) Describe this magic weed. Why does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh about this weed?

Part 2) How does this weed affect Gilgamesh and the boatman? What is the purpose of them finding this precious plant?

Part 3) Does this weed help these two men in their travels? Explain.

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