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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following is the best definition for the term "sanctify" as used in the following sentence: "They sanctify their own local landscape."
(a) Bless
(b) Destroy
(c) Desecrate
(d) Defile

3. 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 God's role in death
(d) The condition of birth and death being the cycle of life

4. How have myths helped Campbell view his body?
(a) The reality of life and death
(b) Understanding about life and death
(c) As a vehicle of consciousness
(d) As an invisible plane

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

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

7. What are two principal contributors to the preservation and evolution of myths?
(a) God and followers
(b) Artists and shamans
(c) People and animals
(d) Religious followers and their God

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

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

10. To what does Campbell compare a cathedral?
(a) Soul
(b) Infant
(c) Animal
(d) Womb

11. 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

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

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

14. Of which general religion is Campbell?
(a) Buddhist
(b) Jewish
(c) Muslim
(d) Christian

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How can a myth or ritual be preserved to the changing environment or social conditions of the culture?

2. What types of media did the first storytellers use to create art?

3. Which of the following is a true statement about recurring themes in mythology?

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

5. Meditation of the yogis in the Himalayas leads each individual to _______________________.

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