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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are contemporary rituals carried out?
(a) To mark special events in private lives
(b) To provide stability to our culture
(c) To mark people by their social standing
(d) To invoke reverence

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

3. In primitive societies, gods were often associated with ___________________.
(a) actual objects
(b) seasons
(c) life and death situations
(d) unexplained events

4. In the Buddhist and Upanishad traditions, God assumes what gender?
(a) Male
(b) Neither female or male, but is both
(c) Female
(d) None

5. What does Black Elk see in his vision?
(a) The annihilation of the buffalo
(b) The birth of a great Sioux leader
(c) Tragic fate for his people
(d) Peace between the Sioux and the white man

6. What types of media did the first storytellers use to create art?
(a) Tools
(b) Rock
(c) Wood
(d) Hair

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

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

9. Which of the following is the best synonym for the term contradictory?
(a) Similar
(b) Opposing
(c) Regular
(d) Consistent

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

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

12. Which of the following best describes the main idea of this text?
(a) Ideas about changing ancient myths
(b) Universality and evolution of myths through history
(c) Doctoral thesis
(d) History of the human race

13. Which of the following plays a role in the evolution of a specific mythology?
(a) Geographic context
(b) Language
(c) Point of view
(d) Who recorded it

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

15. What is an important component in the development of mythology?
(a) Birth manifestation and rituals
(b) Societal expectations
(c) Study of other culture's myths
(d) Interaction of an individual with society

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Campbell and Moyers indicate has lost its force and become a mere remnant of the original in regard to marriage?

2. What does Campbell say that he finds is an ideal place for meditation?

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

4. What does Campbell say that architecture forms in Western Society?

5. What part of myths are an unchanging part of mankind's experience?

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