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

2. What is done with the entrails?

3. What ensues between these two men?

4. Of what does Gilgamesh remind her?

5. What is the adventure the King proposes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

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

6. What eclipses Enkidu entrance into the city?

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

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

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

10. Why does Ishtar gather together all the gods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Enkidu agrees to do as the elders request, regarding Gilgamesh.

Part 1) What do they request? Why do they request this?

Part 2) Why does Enkidu agree to this request? What does this reveal about his character?

Part 3) How is this decision by Enkidu significant to the characters and the plot?

Part 4) What message does Enkidu's decision send to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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