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

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

3. In Leeming's account, how did the Hopi create their creation myth?
(a) Through spreading their culture.
(b) Through art.
(c) Through initiating their children.
(d) Through song.

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

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

6. What is eschatology?
(a) The study of the end of time.
(b) The study of fears.
(c) The study of Supreme Beings.
(d) The study of prophecies.

7. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?
(a) Because they cannot express the sublimity of existence without giving it a human face.
(b) Because humans tend to see their virtues as outlasting them.
(c) Because a Supreme Being protects them from the night.
(d) Because they do not understand anything beyond human limitations.

8. Where is the Norse pantheon first described in writing?
(a) The Kalevala.
(b) Tacitus' Germania.
(c) The Nibelungenleid.
(d) The Elder and Younger Eddas.

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

10. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?
(a) Bumba is white.
(b) Bumba speaks a foreign language.
(c) Bumba has new ways of doing things.
(d) Bumba subjugates other tribes.

11. What does Leeming say Horus represents, in the Egyptian pantheon?
(a) The rage of war.
(b) The spiritual force governing the Pharaoh.
(c) The rebirth of the earth after winter.
(d) The playful nature of fate.

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

13. What creation myth does Leeming say modern people favor?
(a) Creation ex nihilo.
(b) The Big Bang.
(c) Intelligent design.
(d) Evolution.

14. From what language does the term "Cosmogony" derive?
(a) Greek.
(b) Egyptian.
(c) Gaelic.
(d) Urdu.

15. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?
(a) Caves where men are reunited with the earth.
(b) Primeval gathering places or mounds that become fused with the sun.
(c) Oceans where life first developed.
(d) Plains where men sow seeds that unite earth and water.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Leeming say the Egyptian god Isis corresponds in the Greek pantheon?

2. How does Leeming say earth religions still worship the Great Mother?

3. Why mystery does Leeming address with regard to human creation?

4. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?

5. Whom does Leeming say parallels the serpent in the Christian garden in the Norse pantheon?

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