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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 suggests a desire to escape from earthly existence?
(a) The transformation from instinctual to moral consciousness.
(b) The transition from struggle and creation to fall from grace.
(c) The evolution of morals and laws.
(d) The development of technology.

2. Which narrative is not an aspect of cosmogony?
(a) The fall from the state of perfection or grace.
(b) How the universe was developed.
(c) Explanation of natural phenomena.
(d) The creation of humankind.

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

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

5. What does Leeming say is important about dying gods?
(a) Dying gods let cultures experience death and resurrection.
(b) Dying gods protect humans from their feelings about death.
(c) Dying gods give men reasons to go to war.
(d) Dying gods explain the seasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?
(a) In industrial religion.
(b) In folklore.
(c) In modern art.
(d) In primitive culture.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?

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

4. How does Leeming define cosmology?

5. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?

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