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. How is Gilgamesh treated by Utnapishtim?

2. For whom does Utnapishtim prepare a feast?

3. Immediately following the slaying of the creature, what happens to Enkidu?

4. What is Gilgamesh's explanation?

5. Why does Gilgamesh lament to Utnapishtim?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the wine maiden, Sabitu, react to Gilgamesh's appearance?

3. How does Gilgamesh arrive at the short of the Bitter River?

4. How does Gilgamesh lose the magic weed?

5. What does Utnapishtim begin?

6. What option does Urshanabi offer Gilgamesh?

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

8. How does Sabitu react after Gilgamesh tells his story?

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

10. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many similarities and differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

Part 1) How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) To what do these similarities and differences lead?

Part 3) How does this relationship guide the plot of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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