Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Gilgamesh react to his mother's warning?

2. How does Enlil feel about Shamash's pity for mankind?

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

4. Why is Enkidu enchanted by the young girl?

5. What does Enkidu do when Gilgamesh gathers to him an arsenal of finely wrought weaponry and lays it before his Enkidu's feet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

5. What eclipses Enkidu entrance into the city?

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

7. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

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

9. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

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

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 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 3

There are many similarities and differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

Part 1) How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) To what do these similarities and differences lead?

Part 3) How does this relationship guide the plot of the story?

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