In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Ulgen create after he banished Erlik?

2. What covered Karora as he slept?

3. What instrument did Erlik play for the woman?

4. What type of animal is Tjenterama?

5. Why did Spider lower a thread for Nyambi?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the myths blame the creation of death on an individual or a group of individuals.

1) Which stories blame humankind for death?

2) Which stories blame women for death?

3) Which stories blame another god for death?

What does this say about the culture's attitude towards death. For example: Is it something man is to blame for? Is it something that is out of their control? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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