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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 say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?
(a) As a thunderbolt.
(b) As a snake.
(c) As the earth.
(d) As the sun.

2. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?
(a) Re or Atun.
(b) Gilgamesh.
(c) Enuma Elish.
(d) The Gaia hypothesis.

3. Where does Leeming say the world originates in the Christian creation myth?
(a) God.
(b) Language.
(c) Chaos.
(d) Itself.

4. During whose reign was the first creation myth recorded, according to Leeming?
(a) Hatshepsut.
(b) Solomon.
(c) Herod.
(d) Nebuchadnezzar.

5. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?
(a) The importance of proselytizing.
(b) The sublimity of God.
(c) The importance of being on a mission.
(d) The dangers of disobeying God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is cosmogony?

2. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?

3. Whose child is Horus, in the Egyptian pantheon?

4. Who does Leeming say introduced monotheism to Egyptian culture?

5. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

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

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

10. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

(see the answer keys)

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