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. Where does Utnapishtim order the boatman to take Gilgamesh?

3. How many straight poles must Gilgamesh cut down?

4. What does one of the scorpion-men do upon seeing Gilgamesh?

5. What does Urshanabi feel for Gilgamesh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Enkidu curse?

2. What must Gilgamesh do to reach Utnapishtim?

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

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

5. How does Utnapishtim's wife describe Gilgamesh?

6. How does Chapter Nine begin?

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

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

9. What happens when Gilgamesh reaches the Mountains of Mashu?

10. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 9 begins the second episode of the epic of Gilgamesh.

Part 1) Describe this second episode. What is the purpose of this episode?

Part 2) How does this second episode reveal more of Gilgamesh's character?

Part 3) How is your opinion of Gilgamesh changed during this episode?

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