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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 does Leeming say cosmogonies represent?
(a) Historical realities.
(b) Scientific truths.
(c) Cultural truths.
(d) Future predictions.

2. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?
(a) The Egyptian for thunder.
(b) The Sanskrit for light or day.
(c) The Persian for power.
(d) The Sumerian for death.

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

4. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?
(a) Bumba is white.
(b) Bumba speaks a foreign language.
(c) Bumba subjugates other tribes.
(d) Bumba has new ways of doing things.

5. How many gods and goddesses comprised the Greek pantheon?
(a) 3.
(b) 7.
(c) 9.
(d) 12.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Leeming define cosmic myth?

2. Who was the sun god of Heliopolis?

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

4. In Leeming's account, how did the Hopi create their creation myth?

5. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

3. Describe the Indian creation myth.

4. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

5. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

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

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

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

9. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

(see the answer keys)

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