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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What tale does Leeming describe as the epitome of the story of the loss of genitals?
(a) The story of Teiresias.
(b) The story of the Water Jar Boy.
(c) The story of the Argonauts.
(d) The story of Medea.

9. What does Leeming say the stories of heroes who return or are reborn signify?
(a) The nature of metaphor.
(b) The deathlessness of the imagination.
(c) The impossibility of transcendence.
(d) The presence of something beyond the mortal world.

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

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

12. Who sent the angel who called Moses to his quest?
(a) Noah.
(b) Jacob.
(c) Yahweh.
(d) Rachel.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Leeming say most people celebrate Jerusalem?

2. What time of year does the time when heroes are born correspond to?

3. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?

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

5. What does Leeming say the stone represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?

(see the answer keys)

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