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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 was the central organizing principle of the Christian Creation myth?
(a) Reason.
(b) Morality.
(c) Logos.
(d) Free will.

2. Where does Leeming say the Great Mother began to play a role over time?
(a) In primitive culture.
(b) In industrial religion.
(c) In folklore.
(d) In modern art.

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

4. What does Leeming say dominates all myths?
(a) The concept of justice in the universe.
(b) The concept of creation from nothing.
(c) The concept of God and Goddess.
(d) The concept of redemption.

5. Who was the sun god of Heliopolis?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Osiris.
(d) Re or Atun.

Short Answer Questions

1. What evidence does Leeming cite to argue for a single matriarch at the beginning of the Greek pantheon?

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

3. What does Leeming say the Great Mother personifies?

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

5. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Leeming say about the importance of death and resurrection in hero stories?

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

3. What does Leeming see places and objects as metaphors for?

4. What significance does Leeming attribute to the labyrinth in myth?

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

6. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

7. What does Leeming say the fall of a city represents?

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

9. How does Leeming say describe the most important aspect of the hero's myth?

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

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