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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 Utnapishtim promise to do to the boatman?
2. What happens after eleven days and nights of this leg of Gilgamesh's journey?
3. What is natural to man?
4. What does Urshanabi offer Gilgamesh?
5. What does Utnapishtim think about Gilgamesh's response?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Enkidu curse?
2. What does Gilgamesh do when he realizes his quest is hopeless? How does Utnapishtim respond?
3. How does Utnapishtim's wife describe Gilgamesh?
4. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?
5. What does Sabitu explain to Gilgamesh that he will find on the shore?
6. What does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh that would allow him to return to Uruk honorably?
7. After Gilgamesh tells his story, how does Utnapishtim respond?
8. How does Sabitu react after Gilgamesh tells his story?
9. How does Chapter Nine begin?
10. How does the wine maiden, Sabitu, react to Gilgamesh's appearance?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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