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 the Old Man determine would happen to people?

2. What does a person hear when they are called to death?

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

4. Where did Alatangana and his wife live?

5. What did the grown man fall out of in the beginning of chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where the first men alive?

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

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

4. What were Alatangana's children like?

5. Who is the Old Man in chapter five?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many of the stories have a ruler of death, the dead or the underworld? How were these rulers created? Are they equal to the creator god? Why or why not? How can you tell? Are the rules of the dead fearful gods? Happy gods? Neither? Both? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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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