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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. To whom does Leeming say the Egyptian god Isis corresponds in the Greek pantheon?
(a) Athena.
(b) Persephone.
(c) Hera.
(d) Demeter.

2. When were the hieroglyphs made that contain the oldest myth Leeming cites?
(a) 1500-1200 BCE.
(b) 2200-2000 BCE.
(c) 1800-1500 BCE.
(d) 3000-2200 BCE.

3. What is a teleological reason for myth?
(a) To understand the nature of language.
(b) To understand the origins of existence.
(c) To understand the cause and purpose of existence.
(d) To compensate for the loss of instinct.

4. What does Leeming say ancient cultures realized through cosmogonies?
(a) That the Great Mother makes all life possible.
(b) That the world's spirit pervades all forms.
(c) That death is ubiquitous in life.
(d) That culture survives the deaths of its members.

5. What is the end goal of human development in Hopi myth, in Leeming's account?
(a) Converting non-believers to the Hopi perspective.
(b) Winning glory for their god.
(c) Manifesting the divinity on earth.
(d) Growing into the light of the Sun God's power.

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

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

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

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

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

11. What does Leeming say the Hebrew creation myth was concerned with?
(a) The possibility of justice in dealings with people.
(b) The role of humanity in the universe.
(c) The morality of human beings.
(d) The indifference of the creator to his creation.

12. What does Leeming say about the birth of God?
(a) Leeming says that in almost every myth, God is born of a holy Mother.
(b) Leeming says that gods can only be born of virgins.
(c) Leeming says that gods are born from almost everything in existence.
(d) Leeming says that there is only one God, and he was born of the Virgin Mary.

13. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?
(a) Myths describe the rules that govern redemption and grace for humans.
(b) Myths describe the irreconcilable split that divides humans from the Supreme Being.
(c) Myths describe the state of formless perfection alongside the Supreme Being.
(d) Myths describe the innate unity of each individual with the Supreme Being.

14. How do the Greeks explain the presence of winter?
(a) Zeus bans fertility.
(b) Demeter mourns for her daughter.
(c) Hades conquers earth.
(d) Hera goes away on a trip.

15. How many gods and goddesses comprised the Greek pantheon?
(a) 9.
(b) 7.
(c) 3.
(d) 12.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say was the natural phenomenon at the heart of the Egyptian religion?

2. Who was the oldest divine being in the Greek pantheon?

3. How does Leeming define gods?

4. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?

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

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