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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. Whom does Leeming say parallels the serpent in the Christian garden in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Thor.
(b) Odin.
(c) Loki.
(d) Hel.

2. When were creation myths repeated in the culture that created the oldest myth Leeming cites?
(a) During wars.
(b) During rites of passage.
(c) During weddings and births.
(d) During coronations and funerals.

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

4. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?
(a) The importance of proselytizing.
(b) The importance of being on a mission.
(c) The dangers of disobeying God.
(d) The sublimity of God.

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. What does Leeming say was the natural phenomenon at the heart of the Egyptian religion?
(a) The death of each generation.
(b) The birth of new children each generation.
(c) The expansion of the desert.
(d) The flooding of the Nile.

10. When were the hieroglyphs made that contain the oldest myth Leeming cites?
(a) 1500-1200 BCE.
(b) 3000-2200 BCE.
(c) 2200-2000 BCE.
(d) 1800-1500 BCE.

11. What does Leeming say Horus represents, in the Egyptian pantheon?
(a) The playful nature of fate.
(b) The rebirth of the earth after winter.
(c) The spiritual force governing the Pharaoh.
(d) The rage of war.

12. What does Leeming say happened to the figure of the Great Mother over time?
(a) It lost significance.
(b) It acquired new faces.
(c) It lingered at the periphery of industrial culture.
(d) It became merely decorative.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the flood represents as a metaphor?

2. Who was the sun god of Heliopolis?

3. Who does Leeming say is the main god in the Norse pantheon?

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

5. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?

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