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 young priestess's worry?

2. What ensues between these two men?

3. What do the elders request of Enkidu?

4. How does the young girl feel when she sees the man?

5. In what do Gilgamesh and Enkidu take part?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the King respond when the elders try to intervene?

2. Why is there a wall surrounding Uruk?

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

4. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

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

6. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

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

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

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

10. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilgamesh's immortality is not meant to be.

Part 1) Why is it not meant to be? At what point in the story did you realize he would not gain immortality?

Part 2) How does his mortality affect those around him? How does he feel about his own mortality? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) After reading this story, what are your thoughts on immortality? Does immortality make life better? Explain.

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

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?

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