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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 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 birth from nothing.
(c) The question of why men are stronger than women are.
(d) The question of how life forms evolved and differentiated.

2. How many gods and goddesses comprised the Greek pantheon?
(a) 12.
(b) 9.
(c) 3.
(d) 7.

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

4. How does Leeming define gods?
(a) They are metaphors for human experiences.
(b) They are immortal beings who personify the transcendence of the laws of nature.
(c) They are projections of human dreams into enduring characters.
(d) They are manifestations of the collective unconscious.

5. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?
(a) In a caricature of male and female spirits.
(b) In an essentializing portrait.
(c) In an idealized portrait of man and wife.
(d) In a realistic yet skeptical portrait.

6. What does Leeming say the gods function as in myth?
(a) Ciphers.
(b) Mirrors.
(c) Masks and metaphors.
(d) Self-portraits.

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. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?
(a) The concept of creation from nothing.
(b) The concept of redemption.
(c) The concept of justice in the universe.
(d) The concept of God and Goddess.

9. 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 retained their local origins and cults.
(c) The Greek gods were not always more powerful than humans.
(d) The Greek gods had a great number of human attributes.

10. What is cosmogony?
(a) Myth of creation.
(b) Myth of the end of time.
(c) Myth of beautification.
(d) Myth of the beginning of humanity.

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

12. Whose behavior does Leeming say explains the behavior of the Olympian gods in the Greek pantheon?
(a) The Etruscans'.
(b) The Persians'.
(c) The Egyptians'.
(d) The Greek ruling class'.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?

2. When does Leeming say the older Genesis text was likely composed?

3. What does Leeming say is important about dying gods?

4. How does Leeming describe Hopi culture?

5. What is a teleological reason for myth?

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