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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 is cosmogony?
(a) Myth of beautification.
(b) Myth of the beginning of humanity.
(c) Myth of the end of time.
(d) Myth of creation.

2. What does Leeming say the flood was for in Mayan culture?
(a) As a way to help cultivate the earth.
(b) Destroying an experimental form of humankind.
(c) As a punishment for sins against the gods.
(d) As an attempt to avert a war against the gods.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the Norse pantheon first described in writing?

2. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?

3. How does Leeming describe the trickster gods?

4. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?

5. What does Leeming say about cosmogonies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Indian creation myth.

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

4. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

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

6. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

7. How does Leeming say that cultures still worship the Great Mother?

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

9. Describe the Mesopotamian creation myth.

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

(see the answer keys)

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