In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World Test | 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 order Maidere to come down from the mountain and create?

2. Where did Ulgen banish Erlik to as punishment?

3. Who rode on a turtle's back.

4. Earth Starter created a mud ball with the mud Turtle brought back, how large did it get?

5. According to chapter 11, in the beginning there was only water and what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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