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. Who blesses Utnapishtim and his wife, making them immortal?

2. How does Gilgamesh arrive at the shore of the Bitter River?

3. What does the scorpion-man urge Gilgamesh to do?

4. How does the wife of Utnapishtim describe Gilgamesh?

5. Where does Utnapishtim order the boatman to take Gilgamesh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the slaying of the Bull of Heaven?

2. How does Gilgamesh lose the magic weed?

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

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

5. How does Chapter Nine begin?

6. What does Gilgamesh do when he realizes his quest is hopeless? How does Utnapishtim respond?

7. After Gilgamesh tells his story, how does Utnapishtim respond?

8. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

9. What must Gilgamesh do to reach Utnapishtim?

10. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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