The World of Myth Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

David Adams Leeming
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part III: Chapters 1-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?
(a) 900 CE.
(b) 1,500 BCE.
(c) 1,000 BCE.
(d) 2000 BCE.

2. What element does Leeming say the Water Jar Boy myth contains?
(a) The search for the father.
(b) Redemption by penance.
(c) Death by water.
(d) Creation from nothing.

3. How does Leeming define gods?
(a) They are projections of human dreams into enduring characters.
(b) They are metaphors for human experiences.
(c) They are manifestations of the collective unconscious.
(d) They are immortal beings who personify the transcendence of the laws of nature.

4. What does Leeming say was the primary difference between the Greek pantheon and the Roman pantheon?
(a) The Romans placed more value on the gods as personifications of abstractions.
(b) The Romans placed more value on the practical results of myths.
(c) The Romans used the Greek pantheon to justify their wars.
(d) The Romans became more philosophical and contemplative about myths.

5. What does Leeming mean by the term 'monomyth'?
(a) The tendency of most hero stories to follow one pattern.
(b) The commonality of elements in all myths.
(c) The single identity of all heroes.
(d) The persistence of the collective unconscious across cultures.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Leeming say the older Genesis text was likely composed?

2. What does Leeming say is important about dying gods?

3. What does Leeming say is consistent from one set of myths to another?

4. Where does Leeming say Moses was called?

5. Who does Leeming say Theseus' parents were?

(see the answer key)

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