The Epic of Gilgamesh


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The Epic of Gilgamesh was written around:

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1. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why does Gilgamesh seek out the wild man Enkidu?

2. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why does Gilgamesh refuse the goddess Ishtar as a lover?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest surviving epic, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the story. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the characters and story of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Period in which the Epic of Gilgamesh was written
  • Description of Gilgamesh
  • Characteristics of the Sumerian civilization
  • Reason Gilgamesh seeks Enkidu
  • Death of Enkidu

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related western civilization lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify main characters, such as Enkidu and Ishtar
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Epic of Gilgamesh to answer questions about key characters

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled The Epic of Gilgamesh. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the history of epic poetry
  • Describe the characters Gilgamesh and Enkidu
  • Read an excerpt from the poem
  • Know the importance of dreams in the Epic of Gilgamesh