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

2. What does Leeming say places and objects are associated with in myth?
(a) Transcendence.
(b) The immanence of fate.
(c) Sacred properties.
(d) The ordinariness of objects

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

4. Where does Leeming say heroes typically find their foes?
(a) In their wives.
(b) In the underworld.
(c) In the mountains.
(d) In their families.

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

6. 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 remoteness from daily human experience.
(d) Their darkness.

7. How does Leeming describe the sanctity of the garden, grove, and cave?
(a) As ancient.
(b) As feminine.
(c) As political.
(d) As divine.

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

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

10. How does Leeming say most people celebrate Jerusalem?
(a) As a metaphor.
(b) As a history.
(c) As an identity.
(d) As a physical location.

11. What does Leeming say the stone represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?
(a) Matter.
(b) Fate.
(c) A womb.
(d) The populace.

12. Who sent the serpents that devoured the character who warned the Trojans not to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?
(a) Aphrodite.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Ares.
(d) Poseidon.

13. What does Leeming say Cuchulain had upon his birth?
(a) A powerful family.
(b) All the powers he needed for his quest.
(c) A sword.
(d) Six fingers on each hand.

14. What does Leeming say the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades resembles?
(a) The Native American myth of the seven sisters.
(b) The Norse myth of the apocalypse.
(c) The Greek tale of the priestesses of Artemis being turned into stars.
(d) The Sumerian myth of the huntress.

15. What does Leeming say the chasm at Delphi gives access to?
(a) The fates' prophecies.
(b) Mother Earth's womb.
(c) Pan's secrets.
(d) Loki's powers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Leeming say that Galahad found in the Chapel Perilous?

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

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

5. What does Leeming say a monomyth consists of?

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