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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 does Leeming say Isis is the goddess of?
(a) Birth.
(b) The hearth.
(c) The earth and moon.
(d) Crossroads.

2. How does Leeming define cosmology?
(a) The study of the structure of the universe.
(b) The study of beauty aids.
(c) The scientific study of the universal order.
(d) The study of the history of the heavens.

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

4. When was the Book of the Dead made?
(a) 1200 CE.
(b) 1400 CE.
(c) 1550 BCE.
(d) 2134 BCE.

5. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?
(a) Greece.
(b) India.
(c) Mesopotamia.
(d) Egypt.

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

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

8. Who does Leeming say is the main god in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Thor.
(b) Loki.
(c) Orin.
(d) Yggdrasil.

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

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

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

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

13. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?
(a) Creation and nourishment.
(b) Self-fulfillment.
(c) Craft and teaching.
(d) Death and resurrection.

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

15. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?
(a) The Sanskrit for light or day.
(b) The Egyptian for thunder.
(c) The Sumerian for death.
(d) The Persian for power.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Greco-Roman Pantheon?

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

4. What problem or question does Leeming say cultures were addressing in cosmogonies?

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

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