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. What does Leeming say Cuchulain had upon his birth?
(a) A powerful family.
(b) All the powers he needed for his quest.
(c) Six fingers on each hand.
(d) A sword.

2. What do the various versions of the Egyptian creation myth Leeming cites revolve around?
(a) The different justifications for divine kings' rule.
(b) The different explanations for consciousness.
(c) The different names for the god.
(d) The competing theories for creation.

3. What psychological experience does Leeming say is central to cosmogonies?
(a) The rise of nationalism from tribalism.
(b) The rise of technology.
(c) The rise of industry from crafts.
(d) The rise of consciousness from unconsciousness.

4. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?
(a) Myths describe the irreconcilable split that divides humans from the Supreme Being.
(b) Myths describe the innate unity of each individual with the Supreme Being.
(c) Myths describe the state of formless perfection alongside the Supreme Being.
(d) Myths describe the rules that govern redemption and grace for humans.

5. What does Leeming say the stories of heroes who return or are reborn signify?
(a) The impossibility of transcendence.
(b) The nature of metaphor.
(c) The presence of something beyond the mortal world.
(d) The deathlessness of the imagination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say was the natural phenomenon at the heart of the Egyptian religion?

2. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?

3. What does Leeming say Jesus and Quetzalcoatl have in common?

4. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

5. From what language does the term "Cosmogony" derive?

(see the answer key)

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