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. This story spread from Siberia to what country?

2. Who created the dawn?

3. What is the name of the being inside the universe?

4. What did the bird turn into?

5. What did he do with them after he created them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Quat the Fool create death?

3. Who is the Old Man in chapter five?

4. What did Phan Ku look like?

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

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

7. Describe the first man who fell from a pea pod in chapter one.

8. Where the first men alive?

9. Why did the raven create the sheep and other animals?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Are the gods in the stories omnipotent? Which ones are and which are not? How can you tell? Provide specific examples from the text. Analyze at least three stories in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many of the stories feature sets of twins. Might twins be considered special or magical in certain cultures? Why or why not? Are the twins presented in the stories good? Evil? Both? Neither?

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