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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 the rocks in the stories of Jesus, Arthur, Mithras, and Isaac represent?
(a) The immanence of transcendence.
(b) The permanence of fate.
(c) A link to the Great Mother.
(d) A bridge between death and resurrection.

2. What does Leeming say heroes like Karna and Buddha have because of their miraculous births?
(a) Adult qualities, even in their innocence.
(b) Multiple languages.
(c) Pure hearts.
(d) Wisdom.

3. What does Leeming say the fall of a city represents in myth?
(a) Progress.
(b) Politics.
(c) Tragedy.
(d) Conquest.

4. Why does Leeming say the hero sometimes refuses the quest?
(a) Because they are afraid.
(b) Because they distrust their mission.
(c) Because they do not want to be heroes.
(d) Because of a sense of unworthiness.

5. How does Leeming describe the sanctity of the garden, grove, and cave?
(a) As divine.
(b) As feminine.
(c) As ancient.
(d) As political.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose story does Leeming cite as evidence of the story of the fall of a great city?

2. Who sent the serpents that devoured the character who warned the Trojans not to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?

3. How does Leeming describe Antigone's quest?

4. What does Leeming say Jesus and Quetzalcoatl have in common?

5. What forms does Leeming say the heroes' guides will take?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

2. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

3. What significance does Leeming attribute to rocks in myth?

4. How does Leeming describe the myth of Gilgamesh?

5. What significance does Leeming attribute to trees in myth?

6. What parallels does Leeming say in the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades?

7. How does Leeming describe the myth of Oedipus?

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

9. How does Leeming describe the myth of King Arthur?

10. When does Leeming say that heroes tend to be born?

(see the answer keys)

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