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

2. How does Leeming describe the Boshongo culture?
(a) As communal.
(b) As matriarchal.
(c) As patrilineal.
(d) As warlike.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why mystery does Leeming address with regard to human creation?
(a) Why humans see themselves as fundamentally flawed.
(b) Why humans fall from grace so quickly after being created by gods.
(c) Why humans have to go through rituals to regain grace.
(d) Why humans created gods to justify their discontent.

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

12. What does Leeming say ancient cultures realized through cosmogonies?
(a) That culture survives the deaths of its members.
(b) That the Great Mother makes all life possible.
(c) That the world's spirit pervades all forms.
(d) That death is ubiquitous in life.

13. What does Leeming say the flood represents as a metaphor?
(a) The clean feeling after admitting wrong.
(b) The unconscious before experiencing rebirth.
(c) Extreme guilt washing away with forgiveness.
(d) The cleansing effect of death on culture.

14. What does Leeming say the Supreme Being represents?
(a) The possibility of redemption.
(b) The embodiment of kingship.
(c) The beginning and end of time.
(d) The laws of creation.

15. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?
(a) The planet earth.
(b) Grains.
(c) The pains of childbirth.
(d) The process of being born.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?

2. When were the hieroglyphs made that contain the oldest myth Leeming cites?

3. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?

4. To whom does Leeming say the Egyptian god Isis corresponds in the Greek pantheon?

5. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?

(see the answer keys)

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