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. Which narrative is not an aspect of cosmogony?

2. Where did the first creation story Leeming cites come from?

3. What does Leeming say suggests a desire to escape from earthly existence?

4. What does Leeming say the Indian creation myths were concerned with?

5. Whose behavior does Leeming say explains the behavior of the Olympian gods in the Greek pantheon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the Christian creation myth.

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

10. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How useful is the term monomyth for the study of myth? How useful is it for analyzing a particular myth? Analyze a myth of your choice by relating it to its underlying monomyth, and discuss the benefits and limitations of the term "monomyth" as an analytical tool. How useful is it?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What was the time before the gods like? Not just in the myths, but in the cultural idea of gods: what were the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or Norse pantheons like before they were seen as pantheons? How did the disparate and local gods become pantheons that seemed to rule over a territory through a religion or system of myths?

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