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 element does Leeming say the Water Jar Boy myth contains?
(a) The search for the father.
(b) Redemption by penance.
(c) Creation from nothing.
(d) Death by water.

2. What does Leeming say the Bethel stone represents?
(a) The origin of life.
(b) The gates of heaven.
(c) The ancestors.
(d) The center of the earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Leeming describe Delphi?
(a) As a place of exile.
(b) As a meeting place.
(c) As a sacred precinct.
(d) As a city.

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

11. What happened after Moses refused the call to his quest?
(a) He was converted.
(b) He was swallowed by a whale.
(c) He lost everything he owned.
(d) He was threatened.

12. Which is not an example of a sacred mountain in Leeming's account?
(a) Mount Everest.
(b) Mount Olympus.
(c) Mount Ararat.
(d) Mount Sinai.

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

14. What finally created the human baby in the Water Jar Boy myth?
(a) The water jar was filled with water.
(b) The water jar turned into a boy.
(c) The water jar the girl gave birth to broke.
(d) The flowers turned into a baby.

15. What does Leeming say European cathedrals are thought to represent?
(a) The light of inspiration.
(b) The body of Christ on a horizontal plane.
(c) The rock on which the church exists.
(d) The thoughts of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say Cuchulain had upon his birth?

2. Where does Leeming say Moses was called?

3. Whose advice did the Trojans ignore when they decided to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?

4. What opposition does Leeming say King Arthur faced in assuming his quest?

5. What does Leeming say Jesus and Quetzalcoatl have in common?

(see the answer keys)

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