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. Where does Leeming say the world originates in the Christian creation myth?

2. How does Leeming say the Zeus and Hera represented humanity in Greek culture?

3. How does Leeming describe the Greek people's pantheon?

4. How does Leeming define cosmology?

5. Where is the first recorded creation myth from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Indian creation myth.

3. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

4. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

5. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

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

7. Describe the Christian creation myth.

8. How does Leeming say the Romans altered the Greek pantheon?

9. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

10. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

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

What is the setting for a myth, and is this collection the proper place for keeping these myths alive? Does a myth require a ceremonial, ritual, or religious setting, or a certain storytelling environment, or is a myth no matter where it is told or recorded. How much is a myth dependent on the circumstances of its telling? Is a myth different when it is analyzed than it is when it is told as a story in response to events of a question?

Essay Topic 3

Read another book about mythology--even something short, like Karen Armstrong's "A Short History of Myth"--and compare and contrast Leeming's approach to myth to another author's. What are Leeming's main preoccupations, and what are his methods? What is his style for expressing them? What does he tend to include? What does he omit? How can you characterize Leeming's intellectual personality?

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