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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of powers did plains dwellers attribute to animals and plants?
(a) Healing powers
(b) Supernatural powers
(c) Spiritual powers
(d) Personified powers

2. The monster who devours himself until only his face is left becomes a symbol of the ____________.
(a) Face of saviors
(b) Face of God
(c) Face of Heaven
(d) Face of Glory

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

4. Which of the following could be considered an example of a paramount modern social institution?
(a) Death
(b) Birth
(c) Job status
(d) Marriage

5. In what time period were the Sumerian seals documented?
(a) 4000 BC
(b) 3500 BC
(c) 2000 BC
(d) 3500 AD

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

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

8. What Indian God is used to describe the idea of killing and eating other living beings?
(a) Shiva
(b) Kirtimukah
(c) Vishmnu
(d) The destroyer

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

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

11. What part of myths are an unchanging part of mankind's experience?
(a) Myths about human development
(b) Myths about death and dying
(c) Myths about birth
(d) Myths about burial rituals

12. Modern churches are built like what according to Campbell?
(a) Skyscrapers
(b) Temples
(c) Office buildings
(d) Theatres

13. On what topic does Campbell open the discussion in Chapter 3?
(a) Religion
(b) Human development
(c) Birth
(d) Hunters-gatherers

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In primitive societies, gods were often associated with ___________________.

2. What is the Eucharist believed to be in the Christian religion?

3. Which of the following is not one of the universal themes identified by Campbell?

4. What changed about God in the Judeo-Christian group of cultures from preceding societies?

5. Where was it especially common to find early societies assigning special powers to plants and animals?

(see the answer keys)

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