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. Where do the two decide to rest and sleep?

2. What prevents Gilgamesh from doing any further damage?

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

4. What is Gilgamesh's explanation?

5. Of what does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens because of Gilgamesh's impatience?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Utnapishtim agree to tell Gilgamesh?

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

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

10. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Gilgamesh's immortality is not meant to be.

Part 1) Why is it not meant to be? At what point in the story did you realize he would not gain immortality?

Part 2) How does his mortality affect those around him? How does he feel about his own mortality? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) After reading this story, what are your thoughts on immortality? Does immortality make life better? Explain.

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