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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 does Leeming say the Egyptian pantheon is centered on?
(a) The possibility of self-fulfillment.
(b) Redemption.
(c) Death and resurrection.
(d) The balance between free will and fate.

2. What does Leeming say was the primary difference between the Greek pantheon and the Roman pantheon?
(a) The Romans placed more value on the practical results of myths.
(b) The Romans used the Greek pantheon to justify their wars.
(c) The Romans placed more value on the gods as personifications of abstractions.
(d) The Romans became more philosophical and contemplative about myths.

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

4. What does Leeming say the flood was for in Mayan culture?
(a) Destroying an experimental form of humankind.
(b) As a way to help cultivate the earth.
(c) As an attempt to avert a war against the gods.
(d) As a punishment for sins against the gods.

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

6. What does Leeming say the gods function as in myth?
(a) Masks and metaphors.
(b) Ciphers.
(c) Self-portraits.
(d) Mirrors.

7. When were the hieroglyphs made that contain the oldest myth Leeming cites?
(a) 2200-2000 BCE.
(b) 1500-1200 BCE.
(c) 3000-2200 BCE.
(d) 1800-1500 BCE.

8. Who does Leeming say parallels Lucifer in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Thor.
(b) Hel.
(c) Loki.
(d) Odin.

9. What is an ontological reason for myth?
(a) To understand the goal of existence.
(b) To compensate for the loss of instinct.
(c) To understand existence.
(d) To beautify existence.

10. What does Leeming say the Roman pantheon is rife with?
(a) Political metaphor.
(b) Prophecy of Christ.
(c) Legalistic language.
(d) Anxiety about the Greeks' supremacy.

11. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?
(a) Craft and teaching.
(b) Self-fulfillment.
(c) Death and resurrection.
(d) Creation and nourishment.

12. What is cosmogony?
(a) Myth of creation.
(b) Myth of the beginning of humanity.
(c) Myth of the end of time.
(d) Myth of beautification.

13. What problem or question does Leeming say cultures were addressing in cosmogonies?
(a) The question of why men are stronger than women are.
(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 birth from nothing.

14. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?
(a) The Trojans.
(b) The Aolians.
(c) The Syracusans.
(d) The Etruscans.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Leeming describe cosmogonies?

2. How does Leeming define cosmology?

3. What is eschatology?

4. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

5. What reconciliation does Leeming say the Greeks' creation myths described?

(see the answer keys)

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