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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. How does Leeming describe cosmogonies?
(a) As ritual.
(b) As nostalgic.
(c) As prophetic.
(d) As sacramental.

2. What does Leeming say is consistent from one set of myths to another?
(a) Transcendent truths.
(b) Universal human concerns.
(c) Heroes and heroines.
(d) Monsters and angels.

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

4. 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 maturity.
(d) As a metaphor for history.

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

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

7. Where does Leeming say the world originates in the Christian creation myth?
(a) God.
(b) Chaos.
(c) Itself.
(d) Language.

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

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

10. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?
(a) The variety of forms the creator made.
(b) The insufficiency of the human mind to comprehending creation.
(c) The ability of the human will to make moral decisions.
(d) The emergence of the mind from nothingness.

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

12. What does Leeming say the Hebrew creation myth was concerned with?
(a) The role of humanity in the universe.
(b) The possibility of justice in dealings with people.
(c) The morality of human beings.
(d) The indifference of the creator to his creation.

13. What does Leeming say cosmogonies represent?
(a) Future predictions.
(b) Historical realities.
(c) Scientific truths.
(d) Cultural truths.

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

15. What does Leeming say about cosmogonies?
(a) That they are typically moral.
(b) That they are typically allegorical.
(c) That they are typically linear narratives.
(d) That they are typically female.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Leeming say gods are fighting for in the Egyptian pantheon?

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

4. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?

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

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