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. After Harim and Enkidu proceed to the temple, what does the young priestess do?

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

3. When Harim enters the forest, by what is she charmed?

4. What is the result of the King's request to continue building the walls higher and higher?

5. What happens as Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sabitu react after Gilgamesh tells his story?

2. What does the scorpion-man urge Gilgamesh to do? How does Gilgamesh respond?

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

4. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

5. What steps must Gilgamesh undertake before he can enter the underworld?

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

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

8. How does the wine maiden, Sabitu, react to Gilgamesh's appearance?

9. How does Utnapishtim's wife describe Gilgamesh?

10. Why does Gilgamesh go to his mother for advice?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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