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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the symbols used in Assyrian temples become in the New Testament?
(a) Saints
(b) Evangelists
(c) Patrons
(d) Priests

2. Whose myths fascinated Campbell as he was growing up?
(a) American Indians
(b) Aztec
(c) Japanese
(d) Chinese

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

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

5. What conclusion do Campbell and Moyers reach about mythology in current society?
(a) There is a lack of effective ritual and mythology.
(b) There is just the right amount of effective ritual and mythology.
(c) There are no rituals and mythology.
(d) There is too much effective ritual and mythology.

6. 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) Defile
(b) Bless
(c) Destroy
(d) Desecrate

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

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

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

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

11. Meditation of the yogis in the Himalayas leads each individual to _______________________.
(a) identify themselves with Shiva
(b) find God within himself/herself
(c) suspend thoughts and stress
(d) provide time to reflect on life

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

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

14. Which of the following is not part of the notion of appeasement for taking the life of a wild creature according to Campbell?
(a) Prey returning to life
(b) Food
(c) Cooperation
(d) Continuation of the cycle

15. What types of media did the first storytellers use to create art?
(a) Rock
(b) Wood
(c) Tools
(d) Hair

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How were myths and legends handed down before the invention of writing?

3. The accounts of legends in Africa all highlight the basic relationship between _________________.

4. On what topic does Campbell open the discussion in Chapter 3?

5. What Indian God is used to describe the idea of killing and eating other living beings?

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