Humanities 201
MidTerm Examination
(Online Edition)

There will be two parts, Short Answer and Essay

For the short answer sections you will have to answer 16 questions, broken down thusly:
These questions all come from the homework questions from class, which can be found from the links page ,  specifically  those that emphasize:

Literary Terms (i.e. What is Dramatic Irony?)

Important Plot Aspects (Why does Enkidu die?)

Other Statement of Ideas (What does Aristotle say the difference is between a simple and a complex plot?)

For the essay, you will need to respond to one of  the following questions in a well-organized, well-supported (i.e. with specific examples from the texts) discussion with a clear thesis. You will need to provide detailed responses, including as much specific detail from the texts as possible.
  1. Describe the relationship between gods and humans in Gilgamesh, Sundiata, and Oedipus Rex.  To what extent do they influence each other and the events of the story?  What determines who has the power to control events? Incorporate discussion of dreams and prophecies into your discussion.
  2. Explain the roles of  women/goddesses in Gilgamesh, Sundiata, and Oedipus Rex.  How much power do they have to influence the events that occur? What determines the different amounts of power they may experience?
  3. Compare the characters of Gilgamesh, Sundiata, and Oedipus.  Who is a good king? Who is a bad king?  Are any of them somewhere in the middle?  Explain in terms of their relationships with their subjects and with other kings or rulers or gods.

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