1. Write an essay of 1000 words in which you show a clear understanding of the historical and cultural background and context of The Epic of Gilgamesh, and that also addresses the following question. You may organize your paper in two parts, or you may integrate historical background into your paper in some other way – your option. Background and history should take up less than 1/3 of the paper. The more important part should take at least 2/3 of your paper: Ultimately, what does The Epic of Gilgamesh tell us about what it means to be human? How do both Gilgamesh and Enkidu change in ways that might help us answer that question?