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

2. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?
(a) Craft and teaching.
(b) Death and resurrection.
(c) Self-fulfillment.
(d) Creation and nourishment.

3. What does Leeming say is consistent from one set of myths to another?
(a) Universal human concerns.
(b) Transcendent truths.
(c) Heroes and heroines.
(d) Monsters and angels.

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

5. How does Leeming describe cosmogonies?
(a) As sacramental.
(b) As ritual.
(c) As prophetic.
(d) As nostalgic.

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

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

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

9. How does Leeming say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?
(a) As a snake.
(b) As a thunderbolt.
(c) As the sun.
(d) As the earth.

10. What problem or question does Leeming say cultures were addressing in cosmogonies?
(a) The question of how man rose to the summit of power over nature.
(b) The question of why men are stronger than women are.
(c) The question of birth from nothing.
(d) The question of how life forms evolved and differentiated.

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

12. For what does Leeming say the struggle among gods in the Egyptian pantheon is a metaphor?
(a) The expansion of trade in the Mediterranean.
(b) Historical political and religious conflicts in 4,000 BCE.
(c) The human struggle against evil.
(d) The invasion of Ethiopians in 2,200 BCE.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say is important about dying gods?

2. What does Leeming say ancient cultures realized through cosmogonies?

3. What does Leeming say the Supreme Being represents?

4. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?

5. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?

(see the answer keys)

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