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

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

3. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?
(a) The Aolians.
(b) The Etruscans.
(c) The Trojans.
(d) The Syracusans.

4. What is the end goal of human development in Hopi myth, in Leeming's account?
(a) Winning glory for their god.
(b) Growing into the light of the Sun God's power.
(c) Converting non-believers to the Hopi perspective.
(d) Manifesting the divinity on earth.

5. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?
(a) Bumba subjugates other tribes.
(b) Bumba speaks a foreign language.
(c) Bumba has new ways of doing things.
(d) Bumba is white.

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

7. 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 wars.
(d) During coronations and funerals.

8. What do the various versions of the Egyptian creation myth Leeming cites revolve around?
(a) The different explanations for consciousness.
(b) The different names for the god.
(c) The competing theories for creation.
(d) The different justifications for divine kings' rule.

9. What psychological experience does Leeming say is central to cosmogonies?
(a) The rise of consciousness from unconsciousness.
(b) The rise of industry from crafts.
(c) The rise of nationalism from tribalism.
(d) The rise of technology.

10. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?
(a) As a way to help cultivate the earth.
(b) As a punishment for sins against the gods.
(c) As a way to purge a preliminary form of humanity.
(d) As an attempt to avert a war against the gods.

11. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?
(a) Because a Supreme Being protects them from the night.
(b) Because they cannot express the sublimity of existence without giving it a human face.
(c) Because humans tend to see their virtues as outlasting them.
(d) Because they do not understand anything beyond human limitations.

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

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

14. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?
(a) The Great Flood.
(b) Revelation.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) Creation

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The first recorded creation myth was part myth and part what else?

3. Whose child is Horus, in the Egyptian pantheon?

4. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

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

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