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Gilgamesh - Questions
Questions and answers about The Epic Story of Gilgamesh
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What does Gilgamesh build in Uruk?
Walls, and a temple of Eanna for Anu
Why did the gods create Enkidu?
To take down Gilgamesh
How do they plan to lure Enkidu from the hills?
With a harlot
Why does Enkidu agree to go to Uruk?
Because he wants to meet Gilgamesh
What are Gilgamesh's two dreams?
He tried to lift a meteor that was too heavy and he was drawn to an axe
Who wins the fight between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?
What journey do Gilgamesh and Enkidu decide to take and who do they kill?
They decide to cut down cedar and kill Humbaba
Who does Gilgamesh sacrifice to, and what allies does he enlist to help him on his journey?
Shamash and he enlists the winds' help.
What are Gilgamesh's two dreams at the gate to the forest?
One of a wild bull and one of a falling mountain.
What scares Gilgamesh in his third dream?
Darkness fell and everything turned to ashes and fell
Who convinces Gilgamesh to show no mercy and kill Humbaba?
Who wants to marry Gilgamesh?
What does Gilgamesh answer to Ishtar and why?
No, because he knows that Ishtar has had many lovers and that she is not faithful to them and kills them/disposes of them
She asks Anu to give her what so she can punish Gilgamesh?
the Bull of Heaven
Enkidu's dream foreshadow's what?
That Enkidu will die
Enkidu curses who for his sickness?
The trapper, the harlot, and the gate
Enkidu is ill how many days before he dies?
How does Gilgamesh react to Enkidu's death?
He weeps for 7 days
What does Gilgamesh make to honor his friend?
a statue made out of gold and lapis lazuli
What is Gilgamesh's next quest?
to find everlasting life and Utnapishtim
Who guards the gates to the Underworld?
Has anyone ever completed this quest?
one man: Utnapishtim
How many leagues does Gilgamesh travel before he reaches light?
12 leagues (36 miles)
Who warns Gilgamesh that he will not find a new life?
Siduri: winemaker to the gods
Who bars the gates to the garden?
Who is the ferryman who may help Gilgamesh cross the waters?
What does Gilgamesh do to the boat?
He destroys the tackle
Gilgamesh reaches ______, the land of the Faraway and his father.
What question do Siduri, Urshanabi, and Utnapishtim ask Gilgamesh?
"Why are you doing this?"
What does Gilgamesh fear?
What does Utnapishtim say he will reveal to Gilgamesh?
a secret of the gods
What noisy city flourishes and angers the gods?
Who warns Utnapishtim to build a boat?
What does he load on the boat?
gold, family, kin, one male and one female of every animal, and all the craftsmen
Who is the steersman of the boat?
Who rides a black cloud?
Describe the storm and list the gods that help destroy the earth.
The storm caused a flood. All of them
Where does the boat land?
The mountain of Nisir
Which bird does not return?
Why is Enlil angry?
Because no one was supposed to survive
What happens to Utnapishtim and his wife?
They become immortal
What must Gilgamesh do to get everlasting life? Does he?
Prevail against sleep for 6 days and 7 nights. No
What does Utnapishtim's wife do to prove how long Gilgamesh sleeps?
She bakes a loaf of bread for each day that he sleeps
Gilgamesh must find what in order to gain eternal youth?
Does he bring it back home? What happens?
He tries but a serpent stole it from him
Enlil tells Gilgamesh what is his true destiny?
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