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Part 1: Epic Poetry: Gilgamesh Quiz Complete

Read the excerpt from Gilgamesh: A New English Version.

At four hundred miles they stopped to eat,
at a thousand miles they pitched their camp.
They had traveled for just three days and nights,
a six weeks’ journey for ordinary men.
When the sun was setting, they dug a well,
they filled their waterskins with fresh water,
Gilgamesh climbed to the mountaintop,
he poured out flour as an offering and said,
“Mountain, bring me a favorable dream.”

a vast setting of distant landscapes

After each dream, Gilgamesh says to Enkidu, “Dear friend, tell me, what does this mean?” What effect does this repetition have?
It reinforces Enkidu’s role as Gilgamesh’s adviser

Read the excerpt from Gilgamesh: A New English Version.

At four hundred miles they stopped to eat,
at a thousand miles they pitched their camp.
They had traveled for just three days and nights,
a six weeks’ journey for ordinary men.

It emphasizes the length of Gilgamesh’s and Enkidu’s journey.

Which statement best describes how Gilgamesh’s dreams affect the plot of Gilgamesh: A New English Version?
The dreams create conflict and suspense.

Read the excerpt from Gilgamesh: A New English Version.

Enkidu said, “Don’t worry, my friend,
the dream you had is a favorable one.
The fiery heavens stand for Humbaba,
who tried to kill you with lightning and flames.
But in spite of the fire, he could not harm you.”

Humbaba creates tension and suspense in the story.

Read the excerpt from Gilgamesh: A New English Version.

The man who pulled you up from the ground
and gave you fresh water from his waterskin
is Lugalbanda, your personal god.
With his help, we will achieve a triumph
greater than any man has achieved.

supernatural forces, such as gods or monsters, that intervene

Which character from Gilgamesh: A New English Version is an example of a supernatural force who intervenes?
Lord Shamash

Why is repetition an important part of an epic’s structure? Check all that apply.
It allows poets to remember and retell the poem.
It introduces additional themes.
It helps the audience absorb the poem.
.It creates a rhythmic pattern.
It emphasizes important ideas.

Which detail from Gilgamesh: A New English Version best illustrates a challenging journey
The two men travel a thousand miles at a time before they stop for the night.

Which best defines the word repetition in epic poetry?
the recurrence of words and phrases for a specific effect

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