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

2. When were creation myths repeated in the culture that created the oldest myth Leeming cites?
(a) During rites of passage.
(b) During weddings and births.
(c) During coronations and funerals.
(d) During wars.

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

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

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

6. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?
(a) As a way to purge a preliminary form of humanity.
(b) As a way to help cultivate the earth.
(c) As a punishment for sins against the gods.
(d) As an attempt to avert a war against the gods.

7. What does Leeming say gods are fighting for in the Egyptian pantheon?
(a) Worship from humans.
(b) Supremacy.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Territory.

8. Who does Leeming say is the main god in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Loki.
(b) Thor.
(c) Orin.
(d) Yggdrasil.

9. 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 they do not understand anything beyond human limitations.
(c) Because humans tend to see their virtues as outlasting them.
(d) Because a Supreme Being protects them from the night.

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

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

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

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

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

15. Who was the oldest divine being in the Greek pantheon?
(a) Chronos.
(b) Gaia.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Uranus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the Hebrew creation myth was concerned with?

2. How does Leeming define gods?

3. How does Leeming describe cosmogonies?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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