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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. Where does Leeming say the world originates in the Christian creation myth?
(a) God.
(b) Language.
(c) Chaos.
(d) Itself.

2. What does Leeming say was the central organizing principle of the Christian Creation myth?
(a) Free will.
(b) Logos.
(c) Reason.
(d) Morality.

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

4. What does Leeming say the Supreme Being represents?
(a) The laws of creation.
(b) The possibility of redemption.
(c) The beginning and end of time.
(d) The embodiment of kingship.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?
(a) Re or Atun.
(b) The Gaia hypothesis.
(c) Enuma Elish.
(d) Gilgamesh.

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

12. Why mystery does Leeming address with regard to human creation?
(a) Why humans have to go through rituals to regain grace.
(b) Why humans fall from grace so quickly after being created by gods.
(c) Why humans created gods to justify their discontent.
(d) Why humans see themselves as fundamentally flawed.

13. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?
(a) The variety of forms the creator made.
(b) The emergence of the mind from nothingness.
(c) The insufficiency of the human mind to comprehending creation.
(d) The ability of the human will to make moral decisions.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?

3. When was the New Testament book of Revelation likely composed?

4. When does Leeming say the older Genesis text was likely composed?

5. Where did the first creation story Leeming cites come from?

(see the answer keys)

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