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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In medieval times, what does Campbell indicate the clergy did to ordinary people?
(a) Controlled
(b) Listened
(c) Preached
(d) Surprised

2. Which of the following is not one of the more sophisticated concepts of God?
(a) Ultimate Lord of the Universe
(b) Creator of the World
(c) Giver of life
(d) Supreme Being

3. Grave burials which show weapons and possessions are an indication of a belief in ____________________.
(a) life after death
(b) hunter-gatherers
(c) burial rituals
(d) God

4. Which of the following is a true statement about recurring themes in mythology?
(a) They represent the norms of specific generations.
(b) They provide truths only about specific cultures and societies.
(c) They portray universal and eternal truths about mankind.
(d) They allow for cultural norms to be explored by generations living them.

5. When did Mexico City have great temples and considered a sacred city?
(a) After the Spaniards invaded
(b) Before the Spaniards invaded
(c) During the middle ages
(d) In the Neolithic period

6. Meditation of the yogis in the Himalayas leads each individual to _______________________.
(a) provide time to reflect on life
(b) identify themselves with Shiva
(c) find God within himself/herself
(d) suspend thoughts and stress

7. Which of the following could be considered an example of a paramount modern social institution?
(a) Death
(b) Job status
(c) Marriage
(d) Birth

8. Which of the following is another name for Mexico City?
(a) Tenochtitlan
(b) Toluca
(c) Guadalajara
(d) Torreon

9. Which of the following is the best definition for the term "sanctify" as used in the following sentence: "They sanctify their own local landscape."
(a) Defile
(b) Bless
(c) Desecrate
(d) Destroy

10. What is the best definition of a myth?
(a) Body of stories and legends
(b) Society's unspoken rules
(c) Cultural norms
(d) Written history of mankind

11. How can a myth or ritual be preserved to the changing environment or social conditions of the culture?
(a) Religious ceremonies
(b) Written dialogue
(c) Oral traditions
(d) Adapting

12. According to Campbell, what is the function of a mythology?
(a) To provide a similar base for all parties upon which to live
(b) To educate the young and give them a means to cope with life
(c) To punish those that deviate from society's norms
(d) To record history

13. From where did the clergy during medieval times indicate their authority was derived?
(a) God
(b) Their own meditations and personal contact with God
(c) Inescapable supernatural laws that rule over the natural world
(d) Sins of mankind

14. Whose legends are in direct contrast to the idea that man is superior to animals?
(a) Pawnee legend
(b) Blackfoot Buffalo
(c) Plains Indians
(d) Bushmen of Africa

15. How many universal themes does Campbell identify?
(a) 7
(b) 5
(c) 2
(d) 4

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the birth of an individual become transformed into in myths and legends?

2. How is the snake (from the creation story) regarded in India?

3. Modern churches are built like what according to Campbell?

4. How have myths helped Campbell view his body?

5. What do Campbell and Moyers claim has led to a lack of awareness of mythological foundations of western society's heritage?

(see the answer keys)

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