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David Adams Leeming
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Leeming say earth religions still worship the Great Mother?
(a) In the constellations.
(b) In modern agriculture.
(c) In the form of nature.
(d) In the seasons.

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

3. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Meso-American pantheon?
(a) Quetzalcoatl.
(b) Tezcatlipoca.
(c) Ehecatl.
(d) Tlahuizcalpantechtli.

4. What evidence does Leeming cite to argue for a single matriarch at the beginning of the Greek pantheon?
(a) Gaia created her own mate.
(b) Gaia devoured her offspring.
(c) Gaia fought to enthrone each of her husbands.
(d) Gaia killed her husbands.

5. Whose child is Horus, in the Egyptian pantheon?
(a) Isis and Osiris.
(b) Isis and Amun.
(c) Anubis and Isis.
(d) Isis and Geb.

6. What does Leeming say cosmogonies represent?
(a) Cultural truths.
(b) Historical realities.
(c) Scientific truths.
(d) Future predictions.

7. What other divine figure does Leeming say the main Norse god resembles?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Krishna.
(c) Christ.
(d) Buddha.

8. When does Leeming say the Greek pantheon was adapted to Roman religion?
(a) 900-500 BCE.
(b) 600-400 BCE.
(c) 300-100 BCE.
(d) 500-400 BCE.

9. What does Leeming say had to happen before the Olympian gods could reign in the Greek pantheon?
(a) The Olympian gods had to create humans.
(b) Humans had to offer their worship.
(c) The flood.
(d) Two dynasties of gods had to be overthrown.

10. How does Leeming define cosmic myth?
(a) Myths that define the order of the world.
(b) Myths that define the constellations.
(c) Myths that explain the location of different stars.
(d) Myths that define the history of the earth.

11. How does Leeming describe the trickster gods?
(a) As young and unmarried.
(b) As half-goat.
(c) As gods of craft as well.
(d) As male and promiscuous.

12. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?
(a) Nebuchadnezzar.
(b) Herod.
(c) Solomon.
(d) Hatshepsut.

13. What does Leeming say Horus represents, in the Egyptian pantheon?
(a) The playful nature of fate.
(b) The rebirth of the earth after winter.
(c) The rage of war.
(d) The spiritual force governing the Pharaoh.

14. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?
(a) The Persian for power.
(b) The Sanskrit for light or day.
(c) The Egyptian for thunder.
(d) The Sumerian for death.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What creation myth does Leeming say modern people favor?

2. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?

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

4. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

5. When were creation myths repeated in the culture that created the oldest myth Leeming cites?

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