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. How does Leeming say Krishna is seen in Indian culture?
(a) As an eternal principle.
(b) As a god.
(c) As a prophet.
(d) As a god but also human.

2. 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 Medea.
(c) The story of Teiresias.
(d) The story of the Water Jar Boy.

3. Where does Leeming say Jerusalem represents?
(a) The City on the Hill.
(b) The origin of the world.
(c) The Kingdom of God.
(d) The navel of the universe.

4. 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.

5. What does Leeming say the city represents in myth?
(a) Confusion and society.
(b) Corruption and commerce.
(c) Femininity and nourishment.
(d) Order and law.

6. How does Leeming define the hero?
(a) The hero is the fixer who banishes monsters and overcomes obstacles.
(b) The hero is any exceptional person.
(c) The hero is an inventor who brings new knowledge.
(d) The hero is the person who performs feats beyond the ordinary world.

7. What symbols in churches does Leeming say represent the Great Mother?
(a) Baptismal fonts.
(b) Stained glass windows.
(c) Flying buttresses.
(d) Pillars.

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

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

10. Whose story does Leeming cite as evidence of the story of the fall of a great city?
(a) Apollonius of Rhodes' "Argonautica."
(b) Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex."
(c) Homer's "Iliad."
(d) Virgil's "Aeneid."

11. How does Leeming say the hero's quest typically begins?
(a) The hero is called into action.
(b) The hero is challenged by an opponent.
(c) The hero discovers a special power.
(d) The hero leaves home.

12. What does Leeming say that mountain represents as a sacred place?
(a) The end of history.
(b) The permanent presence of the forebears.
(c) The prophetic vision.
(d) The cosmic center.

13. What does Leeming say Jesus and Quetzalcoatl have in common?
(a) They were both reborn.
(b) They both preached love.
(c) They were both born of virgins.
(d) They were both divine humans.

14. Why does Leeming say the hero sometimes refuses the quest?
(a) Because they do not want to be heroes.
(b) Because they are afraid.
(c) Because they distrust their mission.
(d) Because of a sense of unworthiness.

15. What time of year does the time when heroes are born correspond to?
(a) Autumn.
(b) Winter.
(c) Summer.
(d) Spring.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say urged the Buddha into action?

2. What is the temple at Delphi a microcosm for in Leeming's account?

3. How does Leeming say most people celebrate Jerusalem?

4. Where does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave derive their sanctity?

5. How does Leeming say Buddha was conceived?

(see the answer keys)

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