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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. 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 warring brothers.
(d) The reconciliation between ancient and modern ideas.

2. How does Leeming describe Hopi culture?
(a) As matrilineal.
(b) As patriarchal.
(c) As warlike.
(d) As communal.

3. Whom does Leeming say parallels the serpent in the Christian garden in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Loki.
(b) Odin.
(c) Hel.
(d) Thor.

4. Whose behavior does Leeming say explains the behavior of the Olympian gods in the Greek pantheon?
(a) The Etruscans'.
(b) The Egyptians'.
(c) The Greek ruling class'.
(d) The Persians'.

5. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?
(a) As an attempt to avert a war against the gods.
(b) As a way to help cultivate the earth.
(c) As a way to purge a preliminary form of humanity.
(d) As a punishment for sins against the gods.

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

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

8. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?
(a) The pains of childbirth.
(b) The planet earth.
(c) The process of being born.
(d) Grains.

9. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?
(a) The concept of redemption.
(b) The concept of justice in the universe.
(c) The concept of creation from nothing.
(d) The concept of God and Goddess.

10. What does Leeming say was the natural phenomenon at the heart of the Egyptian religion?
(a) The birth of new children each generation.
(b) The death of each generation.
(c) The flooding of the Nile.
(d) The expansion of the desert.

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

12. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Greco-Roman Pantheon?
(a) Pan.
(b) Epimetheus.
(c) Prometheus.
(d) Athena.

13. 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 birth from nothing.
(d) The question of how life forms evolved and differentiated.

14. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?
(a) The meaning of life.
(b) The Great Flood.
(c) Revelation.
(d) Creation

15. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?
(a) In primitive culture.
(b) In modern art.
(c) In industrial religion.
(d) In folklore.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the flood represents as a metaphor?

2. How does Leeming define cosmology?

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

4. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?

5. What does Leeming say about the birth of God?

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