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

2. What reconciliation does Leeming say the Greeks' creation myths described?
(a) The reconciliation between warring brothers.
(b) The reconciliation between ancient and modern ideas.
(c) The reconciliation between warring fathers and sons.
(d) The reconciliation between male and female principles.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Leeming describe the trickster gods?
(a) As gods of craft as well.
(b) As young and unmarried.
(c) As half-goat.
(d) As male and promiscuous.

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

10. What does Leeming say happened to the figure of the Great Mother over time?
(a) It became merely decorative.
(b) It lost significance.
(c) It acquired new faces.
(d) It lingered at the periphery of industrial culture.

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

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

13. What does Leeming say cosmogonies represent?
(a) Historical realities.
(b) Cultural truths.
(c) Future predictions.
(d) Scientific truths.

14. 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 cannot express the sublimity of existence without giving it a human face.
(c) Because they do not understand anything beyond human limitations.
(d) Because a Supreme Being protects them from the night.

15. How does Leeming define cosmic myth?
(a) Myths that explain the location of different stars.
(b) Myths that define the constellations.
(c) Myths that define the order of the world.
(d) Myths that define the history of the earth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say was the primary difference between the Greek pantheon and the Roman pantheon?

2. Whose behavior does Leeming say explains the behavior of the Olympian gods in the Greek pantheon?

3. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?

4. What is the end goal of human development in Hopi myth, in Leeming's account?

5. From what language does the term "Cosmogony" derive?

(see the answer keys)

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