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Fact Questions for
Gilgamesh the Hero

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Pages 1-47

Who is Ninsun? (5)

What does Ninsun say the dreams about the meteor and the axe mean? (5)

Why is Hunter afraid when he first sees Enkidu? (6)

Why are the citizens of Uruk dissatisfied with Gilgamesh as their king? (8)

What does Gilgamesh say to do to tame the wild man? (11)

Why does Enkidu think of animals as his family? (13)

What do the seven wise men who found the seven cities teach the people? (14)

What does Hatti tell Enkidu about Uruk to try to lure him there? (14)

What does she tell him about the camp of the shepherds? (15)

Why are the animals afraid of Enkidu? (15)

Why does Enkidu wish to challenge Gilgamesh? (17)

Who is Huwawa? (21)

Why does Gilgamesh wish to fight Huwawa? (21)

What does Enkidu want to do when they first go to fight Huwawa? (27)

How does Gilgamesh feel after defeating Huwawa? (29)

Who is Ishtar? (31)

Why won't Gilgamesh marry Ishtar? (32-33)

Who is Ishtar's father? (34)

Why is Ishtar so angry at Gilgamesh? (32-34)

What does Anu promise to loose for Ishtar? (35)

After Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill what was loosed from heaven what do the god's decide? (40)

Why does Enkidu call back all his curses? (43)

What happens to Enkidu? (46)

How does Gilgamesh react to Enkidu's death? (46)

Pages 48-95

What does Gilgamesh think death does? (48)

What does Gilgamesh decide to do in order to escape death? (48)

Why does Gilgamesh kill the lions? (51)

What are the Mashu Mountains? (51)

What must Gilgamesh pass to get into the Mashu Mountains? (51)

What is very unusual about Gilgamesh? (53)

Why doesn't Siduri believe that Gilgamesh is Gilgamesh? (58)

What does Siduri tell Gilgamesh about immortality? (59)

What does Siduri tell Gilgamesh he should do? (60)

What did Siduri do everyday? (61)

Who takes Gilgamesh across the "River of Death"? (62)

What is Paradise Shore like? (67)

What are the four most important things for Utnapishtim? (69)

What don't the gods like about humans? (70)

What does Utnapishtim do to escape the coming flood? (72)

In what other book do we read about a great flood?

What does Utnapishtim say are the only things a man needs to be happy? (79)

What does Gilgamesh want to do with the Plant of Life? (83)

What happens to the Plant of Life? (87)

After Gilgamesh returns to Uruk what kind of King is he? (92-95)

Answers

Pages 1-47

Who is Ninsun? (5) Gilgamesh's mother
What does Ninsun say the dreams about the meteor and the axe mean? (5) That the gods are sending Gilgamesh a friend.
Why is Hunter afraid when he first sees Enkidu? (6) Enkidu is a man, but he looks like no other man Hunter has ever seen.
Why are the citizens of Uruk dissatisfied with Gilgamesh as their king? (8) He makes constant war; their sons die in battle needlessly; he is always building new towers
What does Gilgamesh say to do to tame the wild man? (11) Have the most beautiful girl in Uruk lure him out of the wilderness and tame him.
Why does Enkidu think of animals as his family? (13) Because he grew up with them; they are all he knows.
What do the seven wise men who found the seven cities teach the people? (14) How to pray, worship, make verses, paint, sing and write.
What does Hatti tell Enkidu about Uruk to try to lure him there? (14) That it is called "the cit of Great streets; the clothing people wear; the vines that grow; the flowersellers; women playing with children; the sound of water from wells.
What does she tell him about the camp of the shepherds? (15) There he can eat roast meat, white bread, sit by the warmth of a campfire and take in the smell of baking in the mornings.
Why are the animals afraid of Enkidu? (15) He is no longer one of their kind.
Why does Enkidu wish to challenge Gilgamesh? (17) Because he treated his people badly.
Who is Huwawa? (21) The protector of the Cedar Forests; he never sleeps; he's huge; he loves battle
Why does Gilgamesh wish to fight Huwawa? (21) To get cedarwood to build new gates for Uruk and to "make his mark."(22)
What does Enkidu want to do when they first go to fight Huwawa? (27) He wants to go back to Uruk.
How does Gilgamesh feel after defeating Huwawa? (29) More alive than he has ever felt.
Who is Ishtar? (31) The goddess of love.
Why won't Gilgamesh marry Ishtar? (32-33) Her lovers have a tendency to end up dead.
Who is Ishtar's father? (34) Anu
Why is Ishtar so angry at Gilgamesh? (32-34) Not only will he not marry her, but he also knows and told her the truth about herself.
What does Anu promise to loose for Ishtar? (35) The Bull of Heaven
After Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill what was loosed from heaven what do the god's decide? (40) That someone must pay for this deed.
Why does Enkidu call back all his curses? (43) Because he realizes that all the things that happened to him allowed him to have a friend like Gilgamesh.
What happens to Enkidu? (46) He dies.
How does Gilgamesh react to Enkidu's death? (46) At first he was very angry: he broke things, threw things, tore things. Then he cried for 7 days.

Pages 48-95

What does Gilgamesh think death does? (48) It makes "nonsense of all endeavor," makes "fame worthless" and "achievements hollow"
What does Gilgamesh decide to do in order to escape death? (48) Go in search of the secret of immortality.
Why does Gilgamesh kill the lions? (51) He hated them for enjoying their lives.
What are the Mashu Mountains? (51) A barricade between the lands of men and the Garden of Gods
What must Gilgamesh pass to get into the Mashu Mountains? (51) Scorpion and Scorpion
What is very unusual about Gilgamesh? (53) He is one part human and two parts god.
Why doesn't Siduri believe that Gilgamesh is Gilgamesh? (58) Because he looks so old.
What does Siduri tell Gilgamesh about immortality? (59) You can't have it. The gods didn't mean for us to have it.
What does Siduri tell Gilgamesh he should do? (60) Eat, drink and be merry. Marry and have children.
What did Siduri do everyday? (61) Ate fish, drank wine and rested her feet in a water bucket.
Who takes Gilgamesh across the "River of Death"? (62) Urshanabi, the ferryman
What is Paradise Shore like? (67) All the animals are friends, it never snows, no death
What are the four most important things for Utnapishtim? (69) a wife, contentment, memories and peace.
What don't the gods like about humans? (70) They make too much noise.
What does Utnapishtim do to escape the coming flood? (72) He builds a boat.
In what other book do we read about a great flood? The Bible, in Genesis
What does Utnapishtim say are the only things a man needs to be happy? (79) Loaf of bread, a jug of wine and good company.
What does Gilgamesh want to do with the Plant of Life? (83) He wants to give it to the old men of Uruk and watch them become young again.
What happens to the Plant of Life? (87) A snake eats it.
After Gilgamesh returns to Uruk what kind of King is he? (92-95) A good one.

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