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 type of god is the raven?

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

3. Which culture does the myth of the Old Man come from?

4. How did Sa feel about Alatangana's creations?

5. Who is Tangaro the Fool?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ulgen send Erlik down to be the leader of the dead spirits?

2. What did Phan Ku look like?

3. How were the lesser gods created?

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

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

6. Who is the creator of the world in chapter eight?

7. How were plants of the earth created?

8. What is the woman's personality like after she is brought to life by Erlik?

9. How many gods are responsible for creation in chapter three?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the Earth Starter myth in chapter seven with the Divine Woman myth in chapter eleven. How are these myths similar? Where are the cultures who tell these myths located? Why might their stories be similar?

Essay Topic 2

How does the story of Sa and Alatangana (chapter three) attempt to explain the different cultures, languages and races that populate the earth? Are these differences considered good or bad? Provide details from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the stories have animals as main characters. Why is there a common theme about animals? Why might these cultures value animals so highly?

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