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 a city of fine houses, magnificent temples, marketplaces, and groves of trees?

2. By whom is Gilgamesh welcomed?

3. What does Enkido do when Gilgamesh attempts to enter?

4. What does Enkidu, along with three hundred armed warriors, do?

5. Ninsun blesses her son and Enkidu and asks Enkidu to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gilgamesh's world.

2. How does Ishtar threaten her father?

3. Why does Gilgamesh go to his mother for advice?

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

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

6. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

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

8. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

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

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

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

The loss of the magic weed is significant.

Part 1) How does he lose it? What does his behavior regarding his care of the weed reveal about his character?

Part 2) What does this loss foreshadow?

Part 3) What does this loss mean to humanity, specifically this culture?

Essay Topic 3

There are many similarities and differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

Part 1) How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) To what do these similarities and differences lead?

Part 3) How does this relationship guide the plot of the story?

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