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. What would have happened to man if the Fool had not created death?

2. What was different about six of Alatangana's children?

3. Why didn't Alatangana like Sa's house?

4. What did Quat use to cut a hole in the Night?

5. Who did Alatangana turn to for help with his children?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Old Man decide if mankind would live forever or die?

2. Who were the first men created by Quat and what were they made of?

3. Why did Sa turn down Alatangana's marriage proposal?

4. After Quat was born, he showed himself to be different than his brothers. What did Quat do that made him stand out?

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

6. How did Quat the Fool create death?

7. What curse did Sa put on Alatangana's children?

8. What is the death rattle, and what effect does it have on people?

9. What happens to man and the world as time passes in this story?

10. What did Phan Ku look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Almost all of the creators in the myths presented are male. Why do so many stories feature men? What does this tell the reader about the cultures the stories come from?

Essay Topic 2

What cultural values can be gleaned from the stories? Which are values that encourage certain behaviors? Which are values that discourage certain behaviors? How can you tell? Provide examples to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

How do the stories deal with fate vs. free will? Are the people created int he different stories under the god(s) control? Do they have free will? Examine at least three of stories in your answer and provide details from the text to support your answers.

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