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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. 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.

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

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

14. Where did the first creation story Leeming cites come from?
(a) Egypt.
(b) India.
(c) Greece.
(d) Germany.

15. What does Leeming say about the birth of God?
(a) Leeming says that gods can only be born of virgins.
(b) Leeming says that in almost every myth, God is born of a holy Mother.
(c) Leeming says that gods are born from almost everything in existence.
(d) Leeming says that there is only one God, and he was born of the Virgin Mary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is eschatology?

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

3. What does Leeming say ancient cultures realized through cosmogonies?

4. Who does Leeming say parallels Lucifer in the Norse pantheon?

5. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?

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