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 myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?

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

3. How does Bumba create the earth in Boshongo creation myth?

4. How does Leeming say the Greek pantheon differs from other pantheons?

5. For what does Leeming say the gods are metaphors?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

2. Describe the stages through which the Greek pantheon developed, in Leeming's account.

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

4. How does Leeming say that cultures still worship the Great Mother?

5. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe a myth that is alive and being told today, in your culture. What are its metaphorical meanings? What mystery does the myth put you in the presence of? How does it balance abstract and physical or imaginative and real attributes?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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