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 hunter and his father head to the city?

2. Upon their arrival, what do they find the citizens doing?

3. What does Ishtar ask her father Anu to create?

4. What do the elders request of Enkidu?

5. What happens when Enkidu hurries to the Temple of Ishtar to look for Harim?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

4. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

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

6. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

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

8. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

9. How does Gilgamesh react to his mother's warning?

10. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gods create Enkidu to kill Gilgamesh.

Part 1) Why do they want Enkidu to kill Gilgamesh? Could Gilgamesh be controlled without killing him? Why or why not?

Part 2) Is Enkidu able to follow the directions of the elders? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is ironic about the fact that Enkidu was created to kill Gilgamesh?

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

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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