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 Enlil feel about Shamash's pity for mankind?

2. Over whom does Anu hesitate to take the side of the common people?

3. What does Ninsun ask her son to do?

4. To what is this man compared?

5. What is done with the entrails?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Gilgamesh reaches the entrance to the underworld?

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

5. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

6. What does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh that would allow him to return to Uruk honorably?

7. How does Chapter Nine begin?

8. What happens because of Gilgamesh's impatience?

9. How are Gilgamesh and Urshanabi greeted in Uruk?

10. How is Enkidu convinced to join the King on his adventure?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The behavior of these gods is often cruel and unpredictable.

Part ) How is their behavior cruel and unpredictable? Are you surprised by this behavior? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this behavior compare to the behavior of humans? How does the behavior of both the gods and humans compare to your opinion about typical god-like or human behavior?

Part 3) How does the behavior of the gods affect both other gods and humans?

Part 4) How does the behavior of these gods reflect the beliefs of the people during which this story was created?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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