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

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

3. What does Leeming say happened when the Greek soldiers came out of the wooden horse and captured Troy?
(a) The gigantomachy was avenged.
(b) Greek enemies everywhere lost hope.
(c) The cosmos was turned to chaos.
(d) A new age of the world was initiated.

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

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

6. 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) Virgil's "Aeneid."
(d) Homer's "Iliad."

7. What does Leeming say a monomyth consists of?
(a) Elements that may or may not be acted out by each hero.
(b) A protagonist and an antagonist.
(c) A single heroic identity.
(d) A timeless framework of experiences and triumphs.

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

9. Where does Leeming say Moses was called?
(a) Mecca.
(b) The Holy Land.
(c) The desert.
(d) The Red Sea.

10. What was Hiawatha's quest?
(a) Finding a holy cup.
(b) Fleeing her uncle.
(c) Fending off monsters.
(d) Freeing her parents.

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

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

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

14. What does Leeming say the myth of Gilgamesh represents?
(a) The fulfillment of human nature in death.
(b) The quest for redemption.
(c) The quest for eternal youth.
(d) The perfection of human language in art.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the stories of heroes who return or are reborn signify?

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

3. How does Leeming define the hero?

4. What does Leeming say the hero does with the things the hero attains in heroic feats?

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

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