Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why do the authors believe a ritual initiation is vital to a fully developed male?
In a ritual initiation, the young men are separated from everyone else in a society in order to forge a male identity. In a ritual, the young man is able to be introduced to the nature of manhood and able to comprehend it fully.
2. What have the authors interpreted was the purpose of Cro-Magnon cave paintings?
The Cro-Magnon cave paintings were meant to detail the rites of passage an initiation in the culture. The authors portray the nature of manhood as complex and mysterious. Through these cave paintings, the details of the society's customs and responsibilities of ascension into manhood are portrayed.
3. According to the authors, what is the fundamental, inherent desire in every young man?
The author's claim that every young man desires to become an adult. There is an inherent desire to shed immaturity, become a mature man, and take on the responsibility that comes with it.
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