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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following cannot be divorced from a specific culture and environment from the time it occurs?

2. In the hunting and gathering society, mythology consisted of appeasing the animal gods. In the farming society it consisted of what?

3. According to Campbell, what is the function of a mythology?

4. The monster who devours himself until only his face is left becomes a symbol of the ____________.

5. How many signs of the zodiac are incorporated into Assyrian temples?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the myths of the Iroquois beautiful maid and her many suitors, as well as the English tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tell?

2. What is the mandala in the Buddhist tradition?

3. What image does Campbell evoke to illustrate what he is trying to convey when he discusses the concept of eternity?

4. 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?

5. The legends of heroes also can describe what besides religions?

6. In Plato's Symposium, how is gender defined?

7. Why could it be said that the suppression of the goddess myths was not complete in the Christian tradition?

8. When and with whom did the concept of romantic love originate?

9. What was different about the Semitic and Indo-European invaders and those that they invaded?

10. In what way are the Assyrian temples similar to the Christian church?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Hollywood perpetuate myths and legends? Do you believe this is necessary? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Do you agree with Campbell's assertion that man's view of God depends on the encompassing culture? Why or Why not? How do missionaries play into this idea?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think myths adapt and change from society? Do you think that continues in modern time? Is it possible to have a consistent myth across societies? Why or why not?

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