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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 cosmogonies represent?
(a) Historical realities.
(b) Cultural truths.
(c) Scientific truths.
(d) Future predictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. How does Leeming describe the Greek people's pantheon?
(a) As a nationalization of local gods.
(b) As a divine family.
(c) As a set of gods cobbled together into a narrative.
(d) As a system of checks and balances.

12. How does Leeming define gods?
(a) They are metaphors for human experiences.
(b) They are projections of human dreams into enduring characters.
(c) They are manifestations of the collective unconscious.
(d) They are immortal beings who personify the transcendence of the laws of nature.

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

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

15. How does Leeming describe the mythic concern with creation?
(a) As a metaphor for history.
(b) As a metaphor for storytelling.
(c) As a metaphor for maturity.
(d) As a metaphor for birth.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many gods and goddesses comprised the Greek pantheon?

2. How does Leeming say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?

3. How does Leeming define cosmology?

4. In Leeming's account, how did the Hopi create their creation myth?

5. What does Leeming say the Roman pantheon is rife with?

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