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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. What kind of powers did plains dwellers attribute to animals and plants?

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

3. Which of the following is not one of the universal themes identified by Campbell?

4. With what do the invaders replace the temple to the Sun?

5. In medieval times, what does Campbell indicate the clergy did to ordinary people?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did primitive societies associate gods?

3. What is the underlying assumption regarding human development according to Campbell?

4. What do places of worship include which are similar across various religions?

5. What is the Christian tradition the only one to portray?

6. What are some universal themes in myths that occur in all societies and all epochs?

7. What do the accounts of legends highlight from early times?

8. What is an integral part of the myths of creation?

9. What is a shaman?

10. What do Neanderthal graves often include?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the concept of romantic love persist this day in Western culture? Does it persist in the same manner as the troubadours suggested? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Campbell utilizes his own personal experience throughout the novel as a positive example of the myths he relates. Do you believe this is a good strategy for this type of text? Why or why not?

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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