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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) Written dialogue
(b) Oral traditions
(c) Adapting
(d) Religious ceremonies

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

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

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

5. Which of the following is an intrinsic part of society's culture?
(a) Laws
(b) Religion
(c) Punishment
(d) Rules

6. Under what condition is death discussed by Campbell?
(a) The condition of life after death
(b) The condition of mankind's understanding of death
(c) The condition of birth and death being the cycle of life
(d) The condition of God's role in death

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

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

9. What is the end of the inward journey?
(a) God is not inside us, but rather an outsider.
(b) God is in each of us.
(c) God can look inside of us to see our ideals.
(d) To find God in the subconscious is part of all religions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the stage in marriage where a mythological image embodies the sacrifice of the visible for a transcendent good?

2. 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."

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

4. What do the symbols used in Assyrian temples become in the New Testament?

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

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