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. In his dream, what is Gilgamesh doing?

2. Why do the hunter and his father head to the city?

3. What does Ishtar threaten to do If her father does not create the creature she requests?

4. Why does Gilgamesh believe he is invincible?

5. What does Gilgamesh know about Harim?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Enkidu begins to overcome Gilgamesh?

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

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

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

5. How does Ishtar threaten Gilgamesh?

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

7. What does Ninsun say about this dream?

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

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

10. What eclipses Enkidu entrance into the city?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Immortality must be given by the gods.

Part 1) How do you know this? Why must it be given by the gods?

Part 2) What does this mean for Gilgamesh? Does he have a chance at immortality? Why or why not?

Part 3) What does this revelation mean for the people of the society from which this story comes?

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

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?

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