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 say the Greeks thought of Delphi?
(a) As a business center.
(b) As the center of Greek power.
(c) As a tourist destination.
(d) As the center of the world.

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

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

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

5. What does Leeming say heroes like Karna and Buddha have because of their miraculous births?
(a) Multiple languages.
(b) Pure hearts.
(c) Adult qualities, even in their innocence.
(d) Wisdom.

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. What does Leeming say Christ's cross and Odin and Attis' sacred trees represent?
(a) The apotheosis of the hero.
(b) The physical nature of the world.
(c) The bridge between death and eternity.
(d) Dual nature of death.

15. Where does Leeming say the garden, grove, and cave derive their sanctity?
(a) Their darkness.
(b) Their remoteness from daily human experience.
(c) Their relationship with the Great Mother.
(d) Their special and different set of rules.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the rocks in the stories of Jesus, Arthur, Mithras, and Isaac represent?

2. At Oedipus' birth, what did the oracle predict Oedipus would do?

3. What qualities does Leeming say Hercules shares with many heroes?

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

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

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