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. Looking up at the towering peaks, what does Gilgamesh wonder?

2. What does this god ask Gilgamesh?

3. Why does Gilgamesh lift a stone and throw it down onto the boat?

4. How long does Gilgamesh wait for Urshanabi to arrive?

5. What does Sabitu ask Gilgamesh about his appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what does Sabitu remind Gilgamesh?

2. What option does Urshanabi offer Gilgamesh?

3. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

4. What happens because of Gilgamesh's impatience?

5. Why is the crow sent out? Why does it not return?

6. How does Utnapishtim respond to Gilgamesh's quest?

7. What does the boatman say to Gilgamesh, regarding his quest?

8. What must Gilgamesh do to reach Utnapishtim?

9. What does Enkidu curse?

10. How does Gilgamesh lose the magic weed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This story serves a purpose.

Part 1) What purpose does it serve?

Part 2) How might those hearing or reading this story when it was first created react to it differently than readers today? Why?

Part 3) Why is this considered an epic? Are there any stories in your culture that you would consider epics? Explain.

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

Gilgamesh does not take Shamash's advice when entering the underworld.

Part 1) What is Shamash's advice? Why does Gilgamesh not take his advice?

Part 2) What role does Shamash play in Gilgamesh's decision to not follow the rules of the underworld?

Part 3) How might the end of this story be different if Gilgamesh had followed the rules? What does this say about following rules and doing as one is supposed or expected to do?

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