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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many creation myths does Campbell share from the Bible?
(a) 2
(c) 3
(d) 1

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

3. What does Campbell say that he finds is an ideal place for meditation?
(a) Cologne
(b) Canterbury
(c) Milan
(d) Chartres

4. Campbell indicates the Bible describes the evolution of _______________.
(a) the historical account of events
(b) How God has changed over time
(c) The Judeo-Christian concept of God
(d) The story of the life of Jesus

5. What do the symbols used in Assyrian temples become in the New Testament?
(a) Evangelists
(b) Saints
(c) Patrons
(d) Priests

6. Which of the following is the best synonym for motif as used in the following sentence: "The motifs of creation and death occurred in both Catholic and American Indian myths."
(a) Logo
(b) Design
(c) Pattern
(d) Theme

7. Where was the physical scope of Biblical mythology?
(a) Rome and Italy
(b) North America
(c) Middle East
(d) Far East

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

9. What do all of the hunting rituals have in common?
(a) The notion of appeasement for taking the life of a wild creature
(b) Sustainable source of food
(c) Elements of cooperation between hunter and prey
(d) Changing environment or social conditions

10. What do Campbell and Moyers claim has led to a lack of awareness of mythological foundations of western society's heritage?
(a) Social pageantry
(b) Modernization
(c) Technology
(d) Exclusion of classical studies

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

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

13. Western society studied the mythology of which of the following other cultures as part of its heritage?
(a) Indian
(b) Roman
(c) Greek and Roman
(d) Greek

14. In the Pawnee legend, how does Tirawa tell man he will show himself?
(a) Through the hunters
(b) Through animals and heavenly bodies
(c) Through the stars and planets
(d) Through animals interactions with humans

15. Which of the following could be considered a vestige of an earlier Hunter-Gatherer myth?
(a) The Lamb of God who washes away the sins of the world
(b) The Polynesian legend of the origin of the coconut tree
(c) The Motif of a male inseminating mother earth
(d) The origin of maize from the Algonquin Indians

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the end of the inward journey?

4. What can be said to reappear over and over throughout various mythologies?

5. Which of the following cannot be divorced from a specific culture and environment from the time it occurs?

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