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 Gilgamesh do when he has a disturbing dream?

2. Ninsun blesses her son and Enkidu and asks Enkidu to do what?

3. Who robs a young hunter's traps?

4. What does Ninsun ask her son to do?

5. In his dream, what is Gilgamesh doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

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

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

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

9. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

10. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 goddess Ishtar is initially enraged by the battle between Humbaba and the two men.

Part 1) Why is she enraged by the battle? How is her opinion changed?

Part 2) How does this change in her attitude reflect her personality?

Part 3) How does this change in her behavior affect the two men and the plot? How might the story have been different if her attitude regarding Gilgamesh had not changed?

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