The World of Myth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Adams Leeming
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where is the Norse pantheon first described in writing?

3. What does Leeming say Isis is the goddess of?

4. What does Leeming say Horus represents, in the Egyptian pantheon?

5. What is eschatology?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

5. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon as a family?

6. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

7. What does Leeming say is the creation myth for modern people?

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

9. How does Leeming define the gods?

10. What does Leeming say the Supreme Being represents in myths?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of Leeming's The World of Myth. Where is the book most itself? Where is it unresolved, or rife with internal tensions? How are those tensions contained? What if any forces are trying to pull The World of Myth apart?

Essay Topic 2

Leeming describes myths as concerning gods and goddesses, but they are also tales that transcend religion, and have an essential human, psychological truth, which is applicable beyond the particular religion that told the myth originally. In this light, discuss the religious nature of myth--do myths apply equally to atheists and believers?

Essay Topic 3

Does an interpreter of myth lose any interpretive authority if they come from a culture outside of the myth? Can an American interpret an Indian myth, or vice versa? Do you have to be inside of a myth to understand it? Can all myths be analyzed and entered into? Do some myths simply remain strangers to us?

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