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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following religions is the only one to portray the serpent as seducer?
(a) Jewish
(b) Buddha
(c) Muslim
(d) Christian

3. What does Campbell state about sacred places?
(a) There are only a few still in existence.
(b) The current society does not value them.
(c) They do not exist.
(d) People visit them enough.

4. How does Campbell indicate all love affairs will end?
(a) Love
(b) Disappointment
(c) Marriage
(d) No acceptance by society

5. What is the stage in marriage where a mythological image embodies the sacrifice of the visible for a transcendent good?
(a) First stage
(b) Chemical Stage
(c) Alchemical stage
(d) Last stage

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

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

8. Where can the myths and legends of the hunters and gatherers be found?
(a) Cave paintings and rock art
(b) Through written stories
(c) In the Bible
(d) Songs and stories

9. Whose myths fascinated Campbell as he was growing up?
(a) Japanese
(b) Chinese
(c) Aztec
(d) American Indians

10. Which of the following cultures is an example of a culture which sanctifies its own land?
(a) Indian
(b) Navaho
(c) European
(d) Christian

11. What can be said to reappear over and over throughout various mythologies?
(a) Themes
(b) Rituals
(c) Characters
(d) Language

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

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

14. The prehistoric cave paintings in Southwest France are an example of ______________________.
(a) the role of shamans in recording myths
(b) the role of the artist in recording myths
(c) how traditions and ideas are shared across cultures
(d) how traditions were shared throughout time

15. What changed about God in the Judeo-Christian group of cultures from preceding societies?
(a) Gender from female to male
(b) From a passive to a vengeful god
(c) Gender from male to female
(d) Role

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Black Elk see in his vision?

2. All mythologies indicate that the idea of God is unknowable and is the what?

3. The monster who devours himself until only his face is left becomes a symbol of the ____________.

4. What caused the concept of God to become more of a world savior by the Jews?

5. In medieval times, what does Campbell indicate the clergy did to ordinary people?

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