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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. Where did the first creation story Leeming cites come from?
(a) India.
(b) Egypt.
(c) Germany.
(d) Greece.

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

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

4. How does Leeming say earth religions still worship the Great Mother?
(a) In the seasons.
(b) In modern agriculture.
(c) In the constellations.
(d) In the form of nature.

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

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

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

8. 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 invasion of Ethiopians in 2,200 BCE.
(c) The human struggle against evil.
(d) The expansion of trade in the Mediterranean.

9. What is eschatology?
(a) The study of fears.
(b) The study of Supreme Beings.
(c) The study of the end of time.
(d) The study of prophecies.

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 lingered at the periphery of industrial culture.
(d) It acquired new faces.

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

12. Who does Leeming say introduced monotheism to Egyptian culture?
(a) Akhenaton.
(b) Isis.
(c) Re.
(d) Osiris.

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

14. How does Leeming say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?
(a) As a thunderbolt.
(b) As the earth.
(c) As a snake.
(d) As the sun.

15. For what does Leeming say the gods are metaphors?
(a) Earth, wind, water and fire.
(b) Timeless laws of the universe.
(c) The collective unconscious.
(d) Elements of society, as well as human emotions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?

2. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?

3. What does Leeming say the gods function as in myth?

4. How does Leeming say the Greek pantheon differs from other pantheons?

5. What does Leeming say the Hebrew creation myth was concerned with?

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