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 should Gilgamesh not do?

2. Does Enkidu agree to take part in this adventure?

3. What does Ninsun possess?

4. Finally, what do the city elders attempt to do?

5. In what do Gilgamesh and Enkidu take part?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

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

4. What adventure does the King propose? What is Enkidu's reaction?

5. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

6. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

7. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Immortality must be given by the gods.

Part 1) How do you know this? Why must it be given by the gods?

Part 2) What does this mean for Gilgamesh? Does he have a chance at immortality? Why or why not?

Part 3) What does this revelation mean for the people of the society from which this story comes?

Essay Topic 3

Enkidu agrees to do as the elders request, regarding Gilgamesh.

Part 1) What do they request? Why do they request this?

Part 2) Why does Enkidu agree to this request? What does this reveal about his character?

Part 3) How is this decision by Enkidu significant to the characters and the plot?

Part 4) What message does Enkidu's decision send to the reader?

(see the answer keys)

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