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

2. When were the Coffin Texts made?
(a) 3000-2134 BCE.
(b) 2134-1660 BCE.
(c) 2134 BCE.
(d) 2134-1200 BCE.

3. What does Leeming say is consistent from one set of myths to another?
(a) Transcendent truths.
(b) Universal human concerns.
(c) Heroes and heroines.
(d) Monsters and angels.

4. Who was the oldest divine being in the Greek pantheon?
(a) Gaia.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Chronos.
(d) Uranus.

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

6. How does Leeming describe the mythic concern with creation?
(a) As a metaphor for birth.
(b) As a metaphor for storytelling.
(c) As a metaphor for history.
(d) As a metaphor for maturity.

7. How does Leeming describe cosmogonies?
(a) As ritual.
(b) As nostalgic.
(c) As prophetic.
(d) As sacramental.

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

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

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

11. The first recorded creation myth was part myth and part what else?
(a) Celebration of the high Marduk.
(b) Funeral dirge.
(c) Wedding ode.
(d) Rite of passage.

12. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?
(a) Caves where men are reunited with the earth.
(b) Oceans where life first developed.
(c) Plains where men sow seeds that unite earth and water.
(d) Primeval gathering places or mounds that become fused with the sun.

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

14. From what language does the term "Cosmogony" derive?
(a) Greek.
(b) Egyptian.
(c) Gaelic.
(d) Urdu.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Leeming define cosmology?

2. What does Leeming say was the central organizing principle of the Christian Creation myth?

3. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Meso-American pantheon?

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

5. What does Leeming say the Egyptian pantheon is centered on?

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