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 does Gilgamesh react to his mother's warning?

2. How does the story of Gilgamesh begin?

3. What does Ninsun do at the temple?

4. Of what is Anu god?

5. In what do Gilgamesh and Enkidu take part?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

3. How do the citizens, Enkidu, and Gilgamesh fight the bull?

4. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

5. Why does Ishtar gather together all the gods?

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

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

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

9. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

10. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are capable of beastial and compassionate behavior.

Part 1) Describe how they are both capable of beastial and compassionate behavior?

Part 2) How are they capable of such contrasting behaviors? What does this reveal about the characters?

Part 3) How does this behavior bring the two characters closer together, as well as engage the audience in this story?

Part 4) How does this behavior reflect human behavior?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Gilgamesh does not take Shamash's advice when entering the underworld.

Part 1) What is Shamash's advice? Why does Gilgamesh not take his advice?

Part 2) What role does Shamash play in Gilgamesh's decision to not follow the rules of the underworld?

Part 3) How might the end of this story be different if Gilgamesh had followed the rules? What does this say about following rules and doing as one is supposed or expected to do?

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