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David Adams Leeming
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what does Leeming say the gods are metaphors?
(a) The collective unconscious.
(b) Earth, wind, water and fire.
(c) Timeless laws of the universe.
(d) Elements of society, as well as human emotions.

2. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?
(a) Because a Supreme Being protects them from the night.
(b) Because humans tend to see their virtues as outlasting them.
(c) Because they cannot express the sublimity of existence without giving it a human face.
(d) Because they do not understand anything beyond human limitations.

3. What does Leeming say was the natural phenomenon at the heart of the Egyptian religion?
(a) The birth of new children each generation.
(b) The expansion of the desert.
(c) The flooding of the Nile.
(d) The death of each generation.

4. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?
(a) Mesopotamia.
(b) Greece.
(c) India.
(d) Egypt.

5. Who does Leeming say introduced monotheism to Egyptian culture?
(a) Re.
(b) Akhenaton.
(c) Isis.
(d) Osiris.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?

2. What other divine figure does Leeming say the main Norse god resembles?

3. How does Leeming describe Hopi culture?

4. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?

5. When were the Coffin Texts made?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming say the figure of the trickster?

2. What does Leeming say the Supreme Being represents in myths?

3. What contribution does Leeming say Hesiod made to Greek creation myths?

4. Describe the Christian creation myth.

5. How does Leeming define a "cosmogony" and what kinds of stories are contained in cosmogonies?

6. How does Leeming say that cultures still worship the Great Mother?

7. What psychological metaphor does Leeming see at the heart of creation myths?

8. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

9. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

10. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

(see the answer keys)

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