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 Gilgamesh wonder about Utnapishtim?

2. What request is Gilgamesh unable to do?

3. How does the King respond?

4. What does Utnapishtim demand to know about the stranger?

5. What happens when both Gilgamesh and Urshanabi take a morsel of the plant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place in Enkidu's dream?

2. What does Ea give Utnapishtim? Why?

3. How does Gilgamesh lose the magic weed?

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

5. What does Utnapishtim tell Gilgamesh that would allow him to return to Uruk honorably?

6. How does Chapter Nine begin?

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

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

9. What does Utnapishtim begin?

10. What does Utnapishtim agree to tell Gilgamesh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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'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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