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

2. What does Phan Ku have on his head?

3. When did Quat begin thinking of creating man, animals and plants?

4. Who is the Creator in chapter 5?

5. What were the first men constructed to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't Quat the Fools puppets turn out like his brother's six puppets?

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

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

4. Why did the raven decide to make the bear?

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

6. How did Phan Ku's body contribute to the creation of the world?

7. What were Alatangana's children like?

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

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

10. How did Quat the Fool create death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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