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 the temple at Delphi represents?
(a) Karmic revisitation of sins.
(b) Divine inspiration.
(c) Prophetic arts.
(d) Feminine nature.

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

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

4. What does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave can be ideal places for?
(a) Political plots and coups.
(b) Withdrawal for meditation.
(c) Murders and secret rites.
(d) Love affairs.

5. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?
(a) 2000 BCE.
(b) 900 CE.
(c) 1,000 BCE.
(d) 1,500 BCE.

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. What does Leeming say urged the Buddha into action?
(a) His parents.
(b) The lotus flower.
(c) The four signs.
(d) A war.

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

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

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

14. How does Leeming describe Delphi?
(a) As a sacred precinct.
(b) As a place of exile.
(c) As a meeting place.
(d) As a city.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Leeming say Moses was called?

2. Whose story does Leeming cite as evidence of the story of the fall of a great city?

3. Where does Leeming say heroes typically find their foes?

4. Who does Leeming say Theseus' parents were?

5. What does Leeming say places and objects are associated with in myth?

(see the answer keys)

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