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. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city?
(a) It is an expression of the divine plan.
(b) It is humanity's stand against chaos.
(c) It depends on agriculture, but does not grow anything.
(d) It is a microcosm for the social universe.

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

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

4. What does Leeming say the labyrinth represents?
(a) The dangers of inexperience.
(b) The intricate nature of creation.
(c) The hidden murderous nature of man.
(d) The journey into the unknown.

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

6. What does Leeming say European temples are meant to represent?
(a) The marriage between the hero and the mother-wife.
(b) The incarnation of the divinity.
(c) The expression of a divine law or idea.
(d) The relationship between worshiper and spirit.

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

8. What does Leeming say is similar between the myths of Hiawatha and the Buddha?
(a) Both can be related to self-denial.
(b) Both involve flowers.
(c) Both conclude with an apotheosis.
(d) Both are related to divine knowledge.

9. From where does Leeming take the term "monomyth?"
(a) Ezra Pound.
(b) T. S. Eliot.
(c) Gertrude Stein.
(d) James Joyce.

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

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. What idea does Leeming say that icons within churches often reinforce?
(a) The idea of marriage.
(b) The idea of order.
(c) The idea of inspiration.
(d) The idea of eternity.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Leeming say that mountain represents as a sacred place?

3. What does Leeming say the city represents in myth?

4. How old was Joan of Arc when she first heart supernatural voices?

5. What does Leeming say happened when the Greek soldiers came out of the wooden horse and captured Troy?

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