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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The accounts of legends in Africa all highlight the basic relationship between _________________.
(a) religious leaders and God
(b) hunters and prey
(c) people and God
(d) life and death

3. Why do Campbell and Moyers say people visit the Holy Land?
(a) Weather
(b) Historical significance
(c) Societal norms
(d) Sacred place

4. 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 origin of maize from the Algonquin Indians
(c) The Lamb of God who washes away the sins of the world
(d) The Motif of a male inseminating mother earth

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

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

7. 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) Understanding the natural world around them
(c) Appeasing the plant gods
(d) Appeasing weather gods

8. What caused the concept of God to become more of a world savior by the Jews?
(a) Hebrews becoming a major force in the East Mediterranean region
(b) The Crusades
(c) Roman conquering of many different lands
(d) Hebrews fighting with the Romans

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

10. What underlying assumption does Campbell make about human development?
(a) It changes with each generation.
(b) It is constantly changing.
(c) It has not changed since the evolution of Homo Sapiens.
(d) It has changed since the beginning of time.

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

12. What is the architecture of a city an expression of in a society?
(a) Spiritual tenets
(b) Sacred places
(c) Spiritual powers
(d) Universal sanctification

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where can the myths and legends of the hunters and gatherers be found?

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

3. Western society studied the mythology of which of the following other cultures as part of its heritage?

4. Which of the following best describes the main idea of this text?

5. Who were the first storytellers?

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