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 story of Gilgamesh begin?

2. What does Enkidu do when Gilgamesh gathers to him an arsenal of finely wrought weaponry and lays it before his Enkidu's feet?

3. What does Ishtar do after watching the two victors for a time as they bathe and rest?

4. Into what does Enkidu eventually force Gilgamesh?

5. How does Enlil feel about Shamash's pity for mankind?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does this wall affect the people of Uruk?

2. How does Sabitu react after Gilgamesh tells his story?

3. How does Utnapishtim's wife describe Gilgamesh?

4. What does the King do when he sees Uruk?

5. How long does the storm last? What happens when the water begins to recede?

6. What takes place in Gilgamesh's dream?

7. How does the wine maiden, Sabitu, react to Gilgamesh's appearance?

8. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

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

10. How does Gilgamesh arrive at the short of the Bitter River?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Gilgamesh becomes impatient waiting for the boatman.

Part 1) Why does he become impatient? What does he do when he becomes impatient?

Part 2) What does this behavior reveal about his character?

Part 3) How does this behavior affect his quest? How might his quest have gone differently if he had behaved differently?

Essay Topic 2

Gilgamesh and the boatman are given directions for how to find a magic weed.

Part 1) Describe this magic weed. Why does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh about this weed?

Part 2) How does this weed affect Gilgamesh and the boatman? What is the purpose of them finding this precious plant?

Part 3) Does this weed help these two men in their travels? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

At every point of his journey, Gilgamesh is warned of the dangers.

Part 1) How is he warned? Why is he warned?

Part 2) Gilgamesh is not only warned but urged to act a certain way. How is he urged to behave? Why?

Part 3) What is the purpose for this urging? How might it affect those hearing or reading the story in this society?

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