Relationship between Gods and Humans, Gods and Gods
Significance of Wild Bull Image(s)
Role of Enkidu, in life and death
Position of Women in Society
See discussion of some secondary sources
** Homework Questions ** (See 2nd Set of Q's
) Chapter One:
What kind of king is Gilgamesh?
Who is Aruru?
Explain Gilgamesh's dreams on 579-80.
Why does Enkidu fight Gilgamesh? Explain.
Why do Enkidu and Gilgamesh fight Humbaba? Explain.
Who is Shamash? Why does Gilgamesh offer him
Why does Gilgamesh refuse Ishtar's
offer of marriage (586)?
Why do Enkidu and Gilgamesh kill the Bull of
Why does Enkidu die?
What is the significance of his dream on page 588?
Other Discussion Questions: ChapterOne:
Why do the animals run from Enkidu after he sleeps with
How does Shamash help Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill Humbaba?
Why doesn't Enkidu believe Humbaba's promises to
Who is Ishullanu? How does he respond to Ishtar's
Explain the curses Enkidu pronounces on 587.
Why does he take them back?
Why does Enkidu believe he will die in shame?
** Homework Questions, pt. 2
What is the significance of Gilgamesh's wearing animal
Who is Utnapishtim? Why does Gilgamesh seek him?
How does Utnapishtim's story compare to Noah's?
What is Gilgamesh's first test? How does he do?
Where does he get the plant that restores youth? What
What is the final "moral" to this story?
Additional (More in-depth) Questions (Respond to 5 for credit):
Does Gilgamesh ultimately find Consolation for his Grief?
How would you characterize the relationship of humans to
in The Epic of Gilgamesh? What characteristics
as "god-like"? What qualities (if any) divide humans from gods
Is an intermediate status possible, and what are its limits?
Describe the relationships among the different gods. Do
have equal power or is there some sort of hierarchy? Explain.
One of the most intriguing characters in the Epic is the
Enkidu's transformation from natural man to civilized man.
woman and suggest what her role might indicate about the
civilized, or the role of women in early Mesopotamian
What clues does the Epic of Gilgamesh present
values of early Mesopotamian society? Is Gilgamesh a good king
or a bad
king? What qualities define good kings? Are those qualities
skills or life-lessons, or are they inherited or "natural"
Describe the significance of the "raging bull" images and
uses. To what characters or figures is it usually applied?
What does it
Does Enkidu fulfill his original purpose? Explain.