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 the goddess Ishtar feel about what has taken place?

2. What happens at that moment?

3. What do scribes do?

4. According to Ishtar's wishes, what does the creature do?

5. What is a city of fine houses, magnificent temples, marketplaces, and groves of trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

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

10. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Two aspects of the twelfth chapter of Gilgamesh stands out.

Part 1) Describe this chapter. Why does it stand out?

Part 2) What is the purpose for this chapter?

Part 3) What message does this chapter send to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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