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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. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?
(a) Creation and nourishment.
(b) Self-fulfillment.
(c) Craft and teaching.
(d) Death and resurrection.

2. How does Leeming say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?
(a) As the sun.
(b) As a thunderbolt.
(c) As a snake.
(d) As the earth.

3. How does Leeming define cosmic myth?
(a) Myths that explain the location of different stars.
(b) Myths that define the order of the world.
(c) Myths that define the constellations.
(d) Myths that define the history of the earth.

4. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?
(a) Myths describe the innate unity of each individual with the Supreme Being.
(b) Myths describe the irreconcilable split that divides humans from the Supreme Being.
(c) Myths describe the state of formless perfection alongside the Supreme Being.
(d) Myths describe the rules that govern redemption and grace for humans.

5. What does Leeming say the gods function as in myth?
(a) Masks and metaphors.
(b) Mirrors.
(c) Self-portraits.
(d) Ciphers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say is important about dying gods?

2. When were the hieroglyphs made that contain the oldest myth Leeming cites?

3. What does Leeming say was the central organizing principle of the Christian Creation myth?

4. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?

5. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

2. How does Leeming define the hero?

3. What mythic significance does Leeming say European cathedrals have?

4. What does Leeming say about the importance of death and resurrection in hero stories?

5. What significance does Leeming attribute to the labyrinth in myth?

6. How does Leeming describe the Hebrew pantheon?

7. How does Leeming define the gods?

8. When does Leeming say the Egyptian creation myths were repeated?

9. How does Leeming say that pantheons can be described?

10. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

(see the answer keys)

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