The World of Myth Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

David Adams Leeming
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part IV: Chapters 1-8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Leeming say Christ's cross and Odin and Attis' sacred trees represent?
(a) The bridge between death and eternity.
(b) The apotheosis of the hero.
(c) The physical nature of the world.
(d) Dual nature of death.

2. What is a teleological reason for myth?
(a) To compensate for the loss of instinct.
(b) To understand the cause and purpose of existence.
(c) To understand the origins of existence.
(d) To understand the nature of language.

3. What reconciliation does Leeming say the Greeks' creation myths described?
(a) The reconciliation between male and female principles.
(b) The reconciliation between ancient and modern ideas.
(c) The reconciliation between warring brothers.
(d) The reconciliation between warring fathers and sons.

4. What does Leeming say the Hebrew creation myth was concerned with?
(a) The indifference of the creator to his creation.
(b) The morality of human beings.
(c) The possibility of justice in dealings with people.
(d) The role of humanity in the universe.

5. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?
(a) The goddess of the hunt.
(b) The goddess of cultivation.
(c) The earth mother.
(d) Odin's wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?

2. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?

3. What finally created the human baby in the Water Jar Boy myth?

4. What does Leeming say the story of the Pleiades typically illustrates?

5. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?

(see the answer key)

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