Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Test | Final 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 boatman tell Gilgamesh?

2. What does Utnapishtim promise to do to the boatman?

3. What happens as Gilgamesh bathes?

4. What does Enkidu then hear?

5. What happens to Enkidu?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

2. What does Sabitu explain to Gilgamesh that he will find on the shore?

3. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

4. How does Gilgamesh respond to this dream? What happens to Enkidu?

5. What option does Urshanabi offer Gilgamesh?

6. What does Utnapishtim agree to tell Gilgamesh?

7. What happens when Gilgamesh reaches the Mountains of Mashu?

8. What must Gilgamesh do to reach Utnapishtim?

9. What does the scorpion-man urge Gilgamesh to do? How does Gilgamesh respond?

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

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 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

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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