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 does the double-edged axe symbolize?

2. Where does the anticipated battle between the King and the savage take place?

3. What ensues between these two men?

4. Of what is Anu god?

5. With the return of the two heroes, what happens in Uruk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

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

5. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

6. Why does Ishtar gather together all the gods?

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

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

9. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are capable of beastial and compassionate behavior.

Part 1) Describe how they are both capable of beastial and compassionate behavior?

Part 2) How are they capable of such contrasting behaviors? What does this reveal about the characters?

Part 3) How does this behavior bring the two characters closer together, as well as engage the audience in this story?

Part 4) How does this behavior reflect human behavior?

Essay Topic 2

Gilgamesh is adamant about finding Enkidu.

Part 1) Why is he so adamant?

Part 2) What does this strong desire to find Enkidu reveal about Gilgamesh's character?

Part 3) Why does he give up his life to be with Enkidu? Would you give your life up for someone else? Why or why not?

Part 4) Should Gilgamesh have chosen to die? 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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