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 opposition does Leeming say King Arthur faced in assuming his quest?
(a) His knights seduce his wife.
(b) His knights were not worthy.
(c) His subjects rebel.
(d) Opponents believed he was not fit to reign.

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

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

4. What does Leeming say Cuchulain had upon his birth?
(a) All the powers he needed for his quest.
(b) Six fingers on each hand.
(c) A powerful family.
(d) A sword.

5. What was the young girl in the Water Jar Boy myth doing when she got pregnant?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Washing clothing.
(c) Mixing clay.
(d) Picking flowers in a field.

6. Why does Leeming say trees are often sacred symbols?
(a) Because the tree loses its leaves but grows them back.
(b) Because the tree is the heart of so many of men's tools.
(c) Because the tree can provide for so many needs.
(d) Because the sacred tree's roots reach to the center of the earth.

7. How does Leeming describe the sanctity of the garden, grove, and cave?
(a) As divine.
(b) As ancient.
(c) As feminine.
(d) As political.

8. What qualities does Leeming say Hercules shares with many heroes?
(a) He was childlike but wise.
(b) He did not have control over his impulses, but he was very strong and honest.
(c) He was a buffoon but he was put to use in dangerous tasks.
(d) He was mortally threatened at a young age and lived to overcome danger.

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

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

11. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?
(a) 1,000 BCE.
(b) 2000 BCE.
(c) 900 CE.
(d) 1,500 BCE.

12. What is the temple at Delphi a microcosm for in Leeming's account?
(a) The city.
(b) The Olympic temples.
(c) The heavens.
(d) The universe.

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

14. What does Leeming say the Norse tree of life represents?
(a) Eternity.
(b) Knowledge and Wisdom.
(c) Death and resurrection.
(d) Interconnectedness.

15. Who tempts Gilgamesh in the myth?
(a) Urlugal.
(b) Ninsun.
(c) Aga.
(d) Ishtar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming mean by the term 'monomyth'?

2. In what way does Leeming say that Jerusalem is an unusual city?

3. What does Leeming say the loss of genitals represents in myth?

4. Who sent the angel who called Moses to his quest?

5. Where does Leeming say heroes typically find their foes?

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