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 did he make a mother and child out of?

2. Who created death?

3. Where did the children go when they grew up?

4. Why did the woman throw a stone in the water?

5. What does Phan Ku have on his head?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Quat is the solar god of the Bank Islands. What parts of his story have to do with the sunlight and creation?

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

7. What were Alatangana's children like?

8. Describe Sa's home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The female characters in these stories fall into two distinct categories: mother and shrew.

1) Which stories feature females as mothers? Are these women considered to be the creator gods?

2) Which stories feature females as shrews? What is often the result of their misbehavior?

What do these myths tell the reader about the role of women in these cultures?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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