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 had to happen before the Olympian gods could reign in the Greek pantheon?

2. What is an ontological reason for myth?

3. Who was the sun god of Heliopolis?

4. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

5. How does Leeming describe the trickster gods?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Leeming say that cosmogonies are predominantly feminine?

2. How does Leeming say that pantheons can be described?

3. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

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

5. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

6. Describe the Christian creation myth.

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

8. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leeming discusses the myths of a number of major cultures: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hebraic, Christian, Norse, and Native American. Based on what Leeming describes of their myths--their creation, hero, afterlife and apocalypse myths, as well as their god and goddesses, sacred places and objects and signs and symbols--how would you characterize the difference between two cultures?

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

Compare and contrast myths of the industrial or modern age with ancient or primitive myths. How are myths different in industrial times? What aspects of myths have remained the same?

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