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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many creatures does Aristophanes tell were created at the beginning of time?
(a) 1
(b) 3
(c) 4
(d) 2

3. What are two principal contributors to the preservation and evolution of myths?
(a) People and animals
(b) Religious followers and their God
(c) Artists and shamans
(d) God and followers

4. Campbell say that dreams are a manifestation of ____________________.
(a) unwanted desires which cannot be suppressed
(b) subconscious desires
(c) subconscious mythic images
(d) mythic images seen throughout society

5. Which specific cathedral does Campbell indicate he has visited numerous times?
(a) Milan
(b) Cologne
(c) Chartres
(d) Canterbury

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

7. A myth embraces both of the following: ______________________.
(a) external imaging and society rules
(b) perception and perseverance
(c) an individual's internal image and those of society manifested in external forms
(d) an individual's internal image and society rules

8. How does Campbell describe the slaughter of the buffalo herds by the white man in the nineteenth century?
(a) A lie
(b) Sacrilege
(c) Profane
(d) Unheard of

9. How have myths helped Campbell view his body?
(a) As an invisible plane
(b) As a vehicle of consciousness
(c) The reality of life and death
(d) Understanding about life and death

10. In the hunting and gathering society, mythology consisted of appeasing the animal gods. In the farming society it consisted of what?
(a) Appeasing the plant gods
(b) Success of harvest
(c) Appeasing weather gods
(d) Understanding the natural world around them

11. All mythologies indicate that the idea of God is unknowable and is the what?
(a) Beyond nature
(b) Ultimate explanation
(c) Ultimate mystery
(d) Ultimate goal

12. What does Campbell say that architecture forms in Western Society?
(a) Tangible records of history and transformation
(b) Surprising use of places of worship in a society
(c) Architecture's importance to religion
(d) Symbols of representing spiritual principles

13. Which of the following cities is an example of the importance of architecture as an expression of spiritual tenets?
(a) New York City
(b) Salt Lake City
(c) Mexico City
(d) Kansas City

14. How were myths and legends handed down before the invention of writing?
(a) They were often lost and not handed down
(b) Oral traditions only
(c) Rituals and oral traditions
(d) Rituals only

15. How many signs of the zodiac are incorporated into Assyrian temples?
(a) 5
(b) 4
(c) 3
(d) 2

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the focus of Chapter 2?

2. How many creation myths does Campbell share from the Bible?

3. Whose myths fascinated Campbell as he was growing up?

4. What does Campbell call the cave paintings?

5. Campbell tells Moyers that myths have helped him deal with _____________________________.

(see the answer keys)

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