The World of Myth Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

David Adams Leeming
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part II: Chapters 1-3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?
(a) In a caricature of male and female spirits.
(b) In a realistic yet skeptical portrait.
(c) In an essentializing portrait.
(d) In an idealized portrait of man and wife.

2. What does Leeming say about cosmogonies?
(a) That they are typically linear narratives.
(b) That they are typically allegorical.
(c) That they are typically moral.
(d) That they are typically female.

3. What problem or question does Leeming say cultures were addressing in cosmogonies?
(a) The question of how man rose to the summit of power over nature.
(b) The question of why men are stronger than women are.
(c) The question of how life forms evolved and differentiated.
(d) The question of birth from nothing.

4. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?
(a) The variety of forms the creator made.
(b) The insufficiency of the human mind to comprehending creation.
(c) The emergence of the mind from nothingness.
(d) The ability of the human will to make moral decisions.

5. Where is the Norse pantheon first described in writing?
(a) Tacitus' Germania.
(b) The Kalevala.
(c) The Nibelungenleid.
(d) The Elder and Younger Eddas.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Greeks explain the presence of winter?

2. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?

3. How does Leeming define gods?

4. What does Leeming say gods are fighting for in the Egyptian pantheon?

5. How does Leeming describe the Greek people's pantheon?

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