In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the story, why is there a separation between the races?

2. What did the bird ask the man?

3. How did the raven create the mountain sheep?

4. Which culture does the myth of the Old Man come from?

5. What did the Old Man say when the stone sank?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the woman and child come into being?

2. Where the first men alive?

3. What did Alatangana think about Sa's home?

4. What did Quat create after he traveled to the far edge of the sky?

5. Who was Phan Ku?

6. Why was Sa upset when Alatangana married his daughter?

7. Why might the Eskimo's contribute the creation of pea-pods, and man, to birds?

8. Why might the god in chapter four burst out from an egg?

9. What did the woman want the Old Man to decide?

10. How were Quat and his brothers created in chapter two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do cultures have a need to explain the origins of man, the earth and the heavens? How do the stories presented in the book help to explain these things? Give specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the stories have animals as main characters. Why is there a common theme about animals? Why might these cultures value animals so highly?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast some of the stories of Wulbari (chapter ten) and Nyambi (chapter twelve).

How are the gods similar?

How are the gods different?

Who is Wulbari's nemesis?

Who is Nyambi's nemesis?

What are some similarities between the stories?

What are some differences between the stories?

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