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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. Where is the Norse pantheon first described in writing?
(a) The Elder and Younger Eddas.
(b) Tacitus' Germania.
(c) The Nibelungenleid.
(d) The Kalevala.

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

3. What is an ontological reason for myth?
(a) To compensate for the loss of instinct.
(b) To understand existence.
(c) To understand the goal of existence.
(d) To beautify existence.

4. What is eschatology?
(a) The study of fears.
(b) The study of the end of time.
(c) The study of Supreme Beings.
(d) The study of prophecies.

5. What does Leeming say the Roman pantheon is rife with?
(a) Legalistic language.
(b) Political metaphor.
(c) Prophecy of Christ.
(d) Anxiety about the Greeks' supremacy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Greeks explain the presence of winter?

2. For what does Leeming say the struggle among gods in the Egyptian pantheon is a metaphor?

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

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

5. How does Leeming define gods?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

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

4. Describe the Christian creation myth.

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

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

7. What relationship does Leeming describe between politics and religion in the myths of the Egyptian pantheon?

8. Describe the Indian creation myth.

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

10. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

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