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

2. What is the temple at Delphi a microcosm for in Leeming's account?
(a) The Olympic temples.
(b) The universe.
(c) The heavens.
(d) The city.

3. What does Leeming say places and objects represent in myths?
(a) Actual places.
(b) The Great Mother.
(c) Metaphors.
(d) Ancestral origins.

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

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

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

7. What element does Leeming say the Water Jar Boy myth contains?
(a) The search for the father.
(b) Death by water.
(c) Creation from nothing.
(d) Redemption by penance.

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

9. What does Leeming say the Tree of Knowledge in the Hebraic myth foreshadows?
(a) The cross of Christ.
(b) The loss of the Holy Land.
(c) The apotheosis of Christ.
(d) The return to the Holy Land.

10. Where does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave derive their sanctity?
(a) Their remoteness from daily human experience.
(b) Their special and different set of rules.
(c) Their darkness.
(d) Their relationship with the Great Mother.

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

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

13. What does Leeming say the Bethel stone represents?
(a) The ancestors.
(b) The gates of heaven.
(c) The center of the earth.
(d) The origin of life.

14. What happened after Moses refused the call to his quest?
(a) He lost everything he owned.
(b) He was swallowed by a whale.
(c) He was threatened.
(d) He was converted.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did King Arthur assume the throne?

2. Who attempted to convince the Trojans to accept the wooden horse?

3. How does Leeming say the hero's quest typically begins?

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

5. What opposition does Leeming say King Arthur faced in assuming his quest?

(see the answer keys)

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