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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 describe the trickster gods?
(a) As gods of craft as well.
(b) As male and promiscuous.
(c) As half-goat.
(d) As young and unmarried.

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

3. What does Leeming say happened to the figure of the Great Mother over time?
(a) It became merely decorative.
(b) It lingered at the periphery of industrial culture.
(c) It lost significance.
(d) It acquired new faces.

4. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?
(a) Plains where men sow seeds that unite earth and water.
(b) Oceans where life first developed.
(c) Caves where men are reunited with the earth.
(d) Primeval gathering places or mounds that become fused with the sun.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?

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

3. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?

4. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?

5. Where did the first creation story Leeming cites come from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Mesopotamian creation myth.

2. Describe the stages through which the Greek pantheon developed, in Leeming's account.

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

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

5. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

7. How does Leeming describe the Hebrew pantheon?

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

9. How does Leeming define the gods?

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

(see the answer keys)

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