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. At Oedipus' birth, what did the oracle predict Oedipus would do?
(a) Discover medicines.
(b) Kill his father and marry his mother.
(c) Found a new country.
(d) Institute an age of peace.

2. 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.

3. What does Leeming say the sword represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?
(a) Insight.
(b) A hand.
(c) A phallus.
(d) Political power.

4. How old was Joan of Arc when she first heart supernatural voices?
(a) 8.
(b) 12.
(c) 14.
(d) 10.

5. 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.

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 Native American myth of the seven sisters.
(d) The Sumerian myth of the huntress.

7. How does Leeming say Krishna is seen in Indian culture?
(a) As a god but also human.
(b) As a god.
(c) As an eternal principle.
(d) As a prophet.

8. Who attempted to convince the Trojans to accept the wooden horse?
(a) Sinon.
(b) Hercules.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Admetus.

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

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

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

12. What does Leeming say that Galahad found in the Chapel Perilous?
(a) Sir Lancelot and Guinevere.
(b) A giant.
(c) The Holy Grail.
(d) King Arthur.

13. 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.

14. What does Leeming mean by the term 'monomyth'?
(a) The single identity of all heroes.
(b) The tendency of most hero stories to follow one pattern.
(c) The commonality of elements in all myths.
(d) The persistence of the collective unconscious across cultures.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the temple at Delphi represents?

2. What does Leeming say European temples are meant to represent?

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

4. How does Leeming describe Antigone's quest?

5. Where does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave derive their sanctity?

(see the answer keys)

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