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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 evidence does Leeming cite to argue for a single matriarch at the beginning of the Greek pantheon?
(a) Gaia killed her husbands.
(b) Gaia fought to enthrone each of her husbands.
(c) Gaia devoured her offspring.
(d) Gaia created her own mate.

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

3. What reconciliation does Leeming say the Greeks' creation myths described?
(a) The reconciliation between warring fathers and sons.
(b) The reconciliation between warring brothers.
(c) The reconciliation between male and female principles.
(d) The reconciliation between ancient and modern ideas.

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

5. What other divine figure does Leeming say the main Norse god resembles?
(a) Krishna.
(b) Buddha.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Christ.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?

2. The first recorded creation myth was part myth and part what else?

3. Who was the oldest divine being in the Greek pantheon?

4. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

5. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first creation myth to originate in Egypt.

2. How does Leeming address the fall from grace or perfection in creation myths?

3. How does Leeming say the Romans altered the Greek pantheon?

4. Describe the Indian creation myth.

5. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

6. Describe the Christian creation myth.

7. What does Leeming say is the creation myth for modern people?

8. Why does Leeming say that cosmogonies are predominantly feminine?

9. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

10. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon as a family?

(see the answer keys)

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