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 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.

2. Which is not an example of a sacred mountain in Leeming's account?
(a) Mount Ararat.
(b) Mount Everest.
(c) Mount Sinai.
(d) Mount Olympus.

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

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

5. At Oedipus' birth, what did the oracle predict Oedipus would do?
(a) Found a new country.
(b) Institute an age of peace.
(c) Discover medicines.
(d) Kill his father and marry his mother.

6. How old was Joan of Arc when she first heart supernatural voices?
(a) 14.
(b) 8.
(c) 10.
(d) 12.

7. What does Leeming say is similar between the myths of Hiawatha and the Buddha?
(a) Both are related to divine knowledge.
(b) Both conclude with an apotheosis.
(c) Both can be related to self-denial.
(d) Both involve flowers.

8. How does Leeming say Buddha was conceived?
(a) He was conceived first as a snake.
(b) He was conceived by the sky god.
(c) He was a normal human baby.
(d) He created himself through his mother's dreams.

9. What does Leeming say beckoned to King Arthur's knights?
(a) God's angel Gabriel.
(b) The Holy Grail.
(c) The burning bush.
(d) The maid of the lake.

10. What does Leeming say the hero does with the things the hero attains in heroic feats?
(a) Share them with the people.
(b) Renew culture from death.
(c) Redeem sinners.
(d) Found new nations.

11. In Leeming's account, why are temples and cities founded on mountains?
(a) Because they can be defended better there.
(b) Because they gain status when devotees have to bring water and food.
(c) Because they are closest to the Supreme Being there.
(d) Because can see the weather and visitors coming.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What forms does Leeming say the heroes' guides will take?

2. When does Leeming say heroes tend to be born?

3. Where does Leeming say Jerusalem represents?

4. In what way does Leeming say that Jerusalem is an unusual city?

5. What does Leeming say European cathedrals are thought to represent?

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