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

2. What symbols in churches does Leeming say represent the Great Mother?
(a) Baptismal fonts.
(b) Pillars.
(c) Stained glass windows.
(d) Flying buttresses.

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

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

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

6. What sign does Leeming say started Moses' myth?
(a) He saw God's backside.
(b) He heard an angel.
(c) The ten commandments.
(d) The burning bush.

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

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

9. Whose advice did the Trojans ignore when they decided to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?
(a) Priam's.
(b) Helen's.
(c) Hector's.
(d) Laocoön's.

10. How did King Arthur assume the throne?
(a) He killed his father and married his mother.
(b) He pulled the sword from the stone.
(c) He worked as a woman for 12 years.
(d) He killed the usurper who had taken his father's life.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Leeming say the myth of Gilgamesh represents?

4. What does Leeming say most myths are like in their nature?

5. Why does Leeming say trees are often sacred symbols?

(see the answer keys)

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