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. When was the Book of the Dead made?

2. To what does Leeming say the oldest myth refers?

3. Where does Leeming say the Greek name Zeus comes from?

4. What other divine figure does Leeming say the main Norse god resembles?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

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

4. How does Leeming define the gods?

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

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

7. How does Leeming define a "cosmogony" and what kinds of stories are contained in cosmogonies?

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

9. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does the packaging--the book jacket layout and design in particular--advance the material in the book? Does it detract? Analyze and describe how the publisher is striving to present this work to a book-buying marketplace. Is the book accurately represented by the cover? How could the cover, jacket, and copy have represented the book better?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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