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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where was it especially common to find early societies assigning special powers to plants and animals?
(a) On plateaus or plains
(b) Low lands
(c) High places such as mountains
(d) Near rivers or streams

3. What do the Navaho include in their sand paintings?
(a) Hogans
(b) Pipes
(c) White men
(d) Mythologized animals figures

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

5. When did Mexico City have great temples and considered a sacred city?
(a) Before the Spaniards invaded
(b) In the Neolithic period
(c) After the Spaniards invaded
(d) During the middle ages

6. Grave burials which show weapons and possessions are an indication of a belief in ____________________.
(a) God
(b) burial rituals
(c) hunter-gatherers
(d) life after death

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

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

9. What does Campbell call the cave paintings?
(a) Spiritual Life
(b) Awakenings
(c) Cultural transitions
(d) Landscapes of the soul

10. 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 male to female
(d) Gender from female to male

11. To what does Campbell compare the caves with cave drawings?
(a) Cathedrals
(b) Primitive oral stories
(c) Historical records
(d) Famous paintings by the great artists

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

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

14. When do dreams become a part of society's myths?
(a) When dreams are interpreted by psychologists
(b) When they act out a known society's myth
(c) When people share the dreams and metaphors from the dreams
(d) When there are specific actions or symbols in the dreams

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many creation myths does Campbell share from the Bible?

2. Where was the physical scope of Biblical mythology?

3. Which of the following cities is an example of the importance of architecture as an expression of spiritual tenets?

4. Whose legends are in direct contrast to the idea that man is superior to animals?

5. What is the focus of Chapter 2?

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