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. What does Leeming say each place or object has in myth?
(a) Unconscious significance.
(b) Possible significance.
(c) Dual meanings.
(d) An archetypal significance.

2. In what way does Leeming say that Jerusalem is an unusual city?
(a) It was a sacred place to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
(b) It is at the center of the ancient world.
(c) It was conquered and reconquered frequently.
(d) It resisted conquest for thousands of years.

3. What does Leeming say the sword represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?
(a) A hand.
(b) Insight.
(c) A phallus.
(d) Political power.

4. How does Leeming describe Antigone's quest?
(a) As an attempt to express her human nature.
(b) As an attempt to repent parental sins.
(c) As a fight against patriarchal culture.
(d) As a fulfillment of prophecy.

5. What does Leeming say the loss of genitals represents in myth?
(a) Loss of a culture's integrity.
(b) Planting a seed in the womb of the Great Mother.
(c) Domination by ideas.
(d) Gaining second sight.

6. What does Leeming say heroes like Karna and Buddha have because of their miraculous births?
(a) Adult qualities, even in their innocence.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Pure hearts.
(d) Multiple languages.

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

8. What does Leeming say the Norse tree of life represents?
(a) Death and resurrection.
(b) Interconnectedness.
(c) Knowledge and Wisdom.
(d) Eternity.

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

10. What does Leeming say Christ's cross and Odin and Attis' sacred trees represent?
(a) The physical nature of the world.
(b) The apotheosis of the hero.
(c) The bridge between death and eternity.
(d) Dual nature of death.

11. What does Leeming say the hero attains in heroic feats?
(a) New crafts and techniques.
(b) New powers and knowledge.
(c) Wealth and status.
(d) Wisdom.

12. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city?
(a) It is an expression of the divine plan.
(b) It is a microcosm for the social universe.
(c) It is humanity's stand against chaos.
(d) It depends on agriculture, but does not grow anything.

13. What does Leeming say the rocks in the stories of Jesus, Arthur, Mithras, and Isaac represent?
(a) The permanence of fate.
(b) A link to the Great Mother.
(c) The immanence of transcendence.
(d) A bridge between death and resurrection.

14. When does Leeming say heroes tend to be born?
(a) Half a generation after tyrants or pests.
(b) In spring.
(c) When the world is dying.
(d) When they are most needed.

15. How did King Arthur assume the throne?
(a) He killed his father and married his mother.
(b) He worked as a woman for 12 years.
(c) He killed the usurper who had taken his father's life.
(d) He pulled the sword from the stone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the stone represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?

2. What does Leeming say the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades resembles?

3. What does Leeming say is similar between the myths of Hiawatha and the Buddha?

4. Why does Leeming say trees are often sacred symbols?

5. What does Leeming say the labyrinth represents?

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