The World of Myth Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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. For what does Leeming say the struggle among gods in the Egyptian pantheon is a metaphor?
(a) Historical political and religious conflicts in 4,000 BCE.
(b) The human struggle against evil.
(c) The expansion of trade in the Mediterranean.
(d) The invasion of Ethiopians in 2,200 BCE.

2. What does Leeming say the myth of Gilgamesh represents?
(a) The quest for redemption.
(b) The quest for eternal youth.
(c) The fulfillment of human nature in death.
(d) The perfection of human language in art.

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

4. What does Leeming say a monomyth consists of?
(a) A single heroic identity.
(b) Elements that may or may not be acted out by each hero.
(c) A protagonist and an antagonist.
(d) A timeless framework of experiences and triumphs.

5. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?
(a) Bumba has new ways of doing things.
(b) Bumba is white.
(c) Bumba subjugates other tribes.
(d) Bumba speaks a foreign language.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades resembles?

2. What does Leeming say Isis is the goddess of?

3. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?

4. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?

5. What evidence does Leeming cite to argue for a single matriarch at the beginning of the Greek pantheon?

(see the answer key)

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