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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. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?
(a) Herod.
(b) Hatshepsut.
(c) Solomon.
(d) Nebuchadnezzar.

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

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

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

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

6. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?
(a) The insufficiency of the human mind to comprehending creation.
(b) The emergence of the mind from nothingness.
(c) The variety of forms the creator made.
(d) The ability of the human will to make moral decisions.

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

8. 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 how life forms evolved and differentiated.
(d) The question of birth from nothing.

9. What do the various versions of the Egyptian creation myth Leeming cites revolve around?
(a) The different names for the god.
(b) The different justifications for divine kings' rule.
(c) The different explanations for consciousness.
(d) The competing theories for creation.

10. When does Leeming say the older Genesis text was likely composed?
(a) 500 BCE.
(b) 800 BCE.
(c) 110 CE.
(d) 950 BCE.

11. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?
(a) The goddess of the hunt.
(b) The goddess of cultivation.
(c) Odin's wife.
(d) The earth mother.

12. Who does Leeming say parallels Lucifer in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Odin.
(b) Hel.
(c) Loki.
(d) Thor.

13. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?
(a) The sublimity of God.
(b) The importance of proselytizing.
(c) The dangers of disobeying God.
(d) The importance of being on a mission.

14. What psychological experience does Leeming say is central to cosmogonies?
(a) The rise of technology.
(b) The rise of nationalism from tribalism.
(c) The rise of industry from crafts.
(d) The rise of consciousness from unconsciousness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the New Testament book of Revelation likely composed?

2. What does Leeming say is consistent from one set of myths to another?

3. When was the Book of the Dead made?

4. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?

5. The first recorded creation myth was part myth and part what else?

(see the answer keys)

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