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 do Gilgamesh and Enkidu grow to be?

2. How does Ishtar feel about the elders' plan?

3. By whom is Gilgamesh welcomed?

4. What do singers do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Harim leads Enkidu into Uruk?

3. How does Enkidu react to the young priestess?

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

5. How do the citizens, Enkidu, and Gilgamesh fight the bull?

6. What is the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The goddess Ishtar is initially enraged by the battle between Humbaba and the two men.

Part 1) Why is she enraged by the battle? How is her opinion changed?

Part 2) How does this change in her attitude reflect her personality?

Part 3) How does this change in her behavior affect the two men and the plot? How might the story have been different if her attitude regarding Gilgamesh had not changed?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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