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 grow to be?

2. What happens at that moment?

3. What does Enkidu refuse to do?

4. What happens as Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

5. How does the man respond to the girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

3. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

4. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

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

6. What eclipses Enkidu entrance into the city?

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

8. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

9. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

10. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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