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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. Who was the sun god of Heliopolis?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Re or Atun.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Osiris.

2. Which narrative is not an aspect of cosmogony?
(a) The fall from the state of perfection or grace.
(b) The creation of humankind.
(c) How the universe was developed.
(d) Explanation of natural phenomena.

3. When was the New Testament book of Revelation likely composed?
(a) 51 CE.
(b) 110 CE.
(c) 33 BCE.
(d) 95 CE.

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

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

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

7. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?
(a) In a caricature of male and female spirits.
(b) In an essentializing portrait.
(c) In a realistic yet skeptical portrait.
(d) In an idealized portrait of man and wife.

8. Who does Leeming say introduced monotheism to Egyptian culture?
(a) Akhenaton.
(b) Osiris.
(c) Isis.
(d) Re.

9. What does Leeming say Isis is the goddess of?
(a) The hearth.
(b) Birth.
(c) Crossroads.
(d) The earth and moon.

10. What does Leeming say suggests a desire to escape from earthly existence?
(a) The transformation from instinctual to moral consciousness.
(b) The transition from struggle and creation to fall from grace.
(c) The evolution of morals and laws.
(d) The development of technology.

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

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

13. What is the end goal of human development in Hopi myth, in Leeming's account?
(a) Winning glory for their god.
(b) Manifesting the divinity on earth.
(c) Growing into the light of the Sun God's power.
(d) Converting non-believers to the Hopi perspective.

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

15. How does Leeming describe the Boshongo culture?
(a) As communal.
(b) As patrilineal.
(c) As matriarchal.
(d) As warlike.

Short Answer Questions

1. What other divine figure does Leeming say the main Norse god resembles?

2. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?

3. What is a teleological reason for myth?

4. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?

5. How does Leeming describe the Greek people's pantheon?

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