The World of Myth Test | Final Test - Easy

David Adams Leeming
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Leeming say trees are often sacred symbols?
(a) Because the tree can provide for so many needs.
(b) Because the tree is the heart of so many of men's tools.
(c) Because the sacred tree's roots reach to the center of the earth.
(d) Because the tree loses its leaves but grows them back.

2. What sign does Leeming say started Moses' myth?
(a) The burning bush.
(b) The ten commandments.
(c) He heard an angel.
(d) He saw God's backside.

3. Where does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave derive their sanctity?
(a) Their special and different set of rules.
(b) Their relationship with the Great Mother.
(c) Their darkness.
(d) Their remoteness from daily human experience.

4. What does Leeming say the Bethel stone represents?
(a) The center of the earth.
(b) The gates of heaven.
(c) The origin of life.
(d) The ancestors.

5. Who does Leeming say Theseus' parents were?
(a) A wood nymph and a mortal woman.
(b) A river nymph and a god.
(c) A goddess and a hunter.
(d) A supernatural spirit and a mortal woman.

6. What tale does Leeming describe as the epitome of the story of the loss of genitals?
(a) The story of the Argonauts.
(b) The story of the Water Jar Boy.
(c) The story of Teiresias.
(d) The story of Medea.

7. Who attempted to convince the Trojans to accept the wooden horse?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Hercules.
(c) Admetus.
(d) Sinon.

8. How does Leeming say the Greeks thought of Delphi?
(a) As the center of the world.
(b) As a business center.
(c) As the center of Greek power.
(d) As a tourist destination.

9. What does Leeming say Oedipus was on a quest for?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Power.
(c) Identity.
(d) Wealth.

10. What happened after Moses refused the call to his quest?
(a) He was converted.
(b) He was threatened.
(c) He was swallowed by a whale.
(d) He lost everything he owned.

11. What qualities does Leeming say Hercules shares with many heroes?
(a) He did not have control over his impulses, but he was very strong and honest.
(b) He was childlike but wise.
(c) He was mortally threatened at a young age and lived to overcome danger.
(d) He was a buffoon but he was put to use in dangerous tasks.

12. What does Leeming say that Galahad found in the Chapel Perilous?
(a) The Holy Grail.
(b) A giant.
(c) King Arthur.
(d) Sir Lancelot and Guinevere.

13. Who tempts Gilgamesh in the myth?
(a) Ninsun.
(b) Aga.
(c) Urlugal.
(d) Ishtar.

14. What does Leeming say most myths are like in their nature?
(a) Religious.
(b) Artistic.
(c) Political.
(d) Playful.

15. What finally created the human baby in the Water Jar Boy myth?
(a) The water jar was filled with water.
(b) The water jar the girl gave birth to broke.
(c) The water jar turned into a boy.
(d) The flowers turned into a baby.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the temple at Delphi represents?

2. From where does Leeming take the term "monomyth?"

3. What does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave can be ideal places for?

4. Why does Leeming say the hero sometimes refuses the quest?

5. What symbols in churches does Leeming say represent the Great Mother?

(see the answer keys)

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