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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. How does Leeming define cosmology?
(a) The study of the structure of the universe.
(b) The study of beauty aids.
(c) The scientific study of the universal order.
(d) The study of the history of the heavens.

2. When does Leeming say the older Genesis text was likely composed?
(a) 110 CE.
(b) 500 BCE.
(c) 950 BCE.
(d) 800 BCE.

3. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?
(a) Nebuchadnezzar.
(b) Solomon.
(c) Herod.
(d) Hatshepsut.

4. To whom does Leeming say the Egyptian god Isis corresponds in the Greek pantheon?
(a) Persephone.
(b) Demeter.
(c) Athena.
(d) Hera.

5. What problem or question does Leeming say cultures were addressing in cosmogonies?
(a) The question of how man rose to the summit of power over nature.
(b) The question of why men are stronger than women are.
(c) The question of birth from nothing.
(d) The question of how life forms evolved and differentiated.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Leeming say had to happen before the Olympian gods could reign in the Greek pantheon?

3. What psychological experience does Leeming say is central to cosmogonies?

4. For what does Leeming say the struggle among gods in the Egyptian pantheon is a metaphor?

5. How does Leeming describe Hopi culture?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Leeming say the figures of Supreme Beings came from in myths?

2. How does Leeming define the gods?

3. Describe the Christian creation myth.

4. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

5. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

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

7. What stories or topics does Leeming include in the category of cosmic myths?

8. Describe the Mesopotamian creation myth.

9. How does Leeming describe the Hebrew pantheon?

10. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

(see the answer keys)

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