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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In medieval times, what does Campbell indicate the clergy did to ordinary people?
(a) Listened
(b) Preached
(c) Surprised
(d) Controlled

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose myths fascinated Campbell as he was growing up?

2. What do the Navaho include in their sand paintings?

3. A myth embraces both of the following: ______________________.

4. Which specific cathedral does Campbell indicate he has visited numerous times?

5. What is the focus of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What previously published books influenced this text?

2. Who described an expression of metaphysical idea that life is part of one great dream of a single dreamer?

3. What do Neanderthal graves often include?

4. Where does the author indicate variations in generalized hero legends can be found?

5. How have myths helped Campbell?

6. What two things does Campbell indicate will help to decide whether or not the western ideas of matrimony permeate the cultures of India or China?

7. What happens with the coming of the planting cycle?

8. What do Campbell and Moyers identify the Holy Land as?

9. How did primitive societies associate gods?

10. How does Campbell describe the acceptance of the concept of romantic love by contemporary western society?

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