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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 is an ontological reason for myth?
(a) To understand existence.
(b) To compensate for the loss of instinct.
(c) To understand the goal of existence.
(d) To beautify existence.

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

3. What does Leeming say the flood represents as a metaphor?
(a) The cleansing effect of death on culture.
(b) The unconscious before experiencing rebirth.
(c) The clean feeling after admitting wrong.
(d) Extreme guilt washing away with forgiveness.

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

5. What does Leeming say the Roman pantheon is rife with?
(a) Legalistic language.
(b) Prophecy of Christ.
(c) Political metaphor.
(d) Anxiety about the Greeks' supremacy.

6. What is cosmogony?
(a) Myth of beautification.
(b) Myth of creation.
(c) Myth of the end of time.
(d) Myth of the beginning of humanity.

7. How does Leeming describe Hopi culture?
(a) As matrilineal.
(b) As communal.
(c) As warlike.
(d) As patriarchal.

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

9. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?
(a) The Great Flood.
(b) Revelation.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) Creation

10. How does Leeming say the Greek pantheon differs from other pantheons?
(a) The Greek gods had a great number of human attributes.
(b) The Greek gods were not always more powerful than humans.
(c) The Greek gods were imposed on cultures Greeks influenced.
(d) The Greek gods retained their local origins and cults.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?

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

3. How does Bumba create the earth in Boshongo creation myth?

4. What creation myth does Leeming say modern people favor?

5. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?

(see the answer keys)

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