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

2. The slightest touch of what waters causes immediate death?

3. What is done with the entrails?

4. What is a city of fine houses, magnificent temples, marketplaces, and groves of trees?

5. Of what does Gilgamesh remind her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

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

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

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

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 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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