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. Why do the elders suggest that a man be created?

2. For how long do the two companions grapple with the beast?

3. With the mothers robbed of their sons and the young girls of their lovers, what do the city elders decide to do?

4. What must Gilgamesh do for Ishtar?

5. What does Enkido do when Gilgamesh attempts to enter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

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

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

6. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

7. Of what does Gilgamesh remind Ishtar? How does she react?

8. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Enkidu dies.

Part 1) Why does he die? How does he die? How was his death foreshadowed?

Part 2) How does his death affect Enkidu? How important is his death regarding Gilgamesh's life?

Part 3) How does his death affect others, besides Gilgamesh? What is the purpose of his death?

Essay Topic 2

This story serves a purpose.

Part 1) What purpose does it serve?

Part 2) How might those hearing or reading this story when it was first created react to it differently than readers today? Why?

Part 3) Why is this considered an epic? Are there any stories in your culture that you would consider epics? Explain.

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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