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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. Which narrative is not an aspect of cosmogony?
(a) The fall from the state of perfection or grace.
(b) How the universe was developed.
(c) The creation of humankind.
(d) Explanation of natural phenomena.

2. Who does Leeming say parallels Lucifer in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Odin.
(b) Hel.
(c) Loki.
(d) Thor.

3. What psychological experience does Leeming say is central to cosmogonies?
(a) The rise of consciousness from unconsciousness.
(b) The rise of industry from crafts.
(c) The rise of nationalism from tribalism.
(d) The rise of technology.

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

5. Whom does Leeming say parallels the serpent in the Christian garden in the Norse pantheon?
(a) Hel.
(b) Odin.
(c) Thor.
(d) Loki.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leeming say the flood was for in Mayan culture?

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

3. How does Leeming say the Greek pantheon differs from other pantheons?

4. How does Leeming define cosmic myth?

5. When were the Coffin Texts made?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming define the gods?

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

3. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

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

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

6. Who are the primary gods in the Egyptian pantheon?

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

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

9. Describe the Mesopotamian creation myth.

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

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