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. What does Utnapishtim think about Gilgamesh's response?

2. For whom does Utnapishtim prepare a feast?

3. Why does Gilgamesh lament to Utnapishtim?

4. What does Sabitu ask the King?

5. Through the trees, what does Gilgamesh see?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Utnapishtim's wife describe Gilgamesh?

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

6. How does Chapter Nine begin?

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

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

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

10. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilgamesh and the boatman are given directions for how to find a magic weed.

Part 1) Describe this magic weed. Why does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh about this weed?

Part 2) How does this weed affect Gilgamesh and the boatman? What is the purpose of them finding this precious plant?

Part 3) Does this weed help these two men in their travels? 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

Enkidu dies.

Part 1) Why does he die? How does he die? How was his death foreshadowed?

Part 2) How does his death affect Enkidu? How important is his death regarding Gilgamesh's life?

Part 3) How does his death affect others, besides Gilgamesh? What is the purpose of his death?

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