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 does Leeming say the Greek pantheon was adapted to Roman religion?

2. How does Leeming define cosmology?

3. What does Leeming say Isis is the goddess of?

4. When were creation myths repeated in the culture that created the oldest myth Leeming cites?

5. How does Leeming describe the mythic concern with creation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

2. Describe the Christian creation myth.

3. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

4. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

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

6. Describe the Indian creation myth.

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

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

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

10. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are heroes different from ordinary humans? Is everyone a hero at certain stages of their development, or is the hero a specific cultural response to social problems or situations? Use examples from The World of Myth to define the status of the hero relative to "ordinary" people.

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

Use two different metaphorical frameworks to analyze one myth. For instance, you could describe the myth as a metaphor for political, psychological, spiritual, linguistic, social, or historical realities. Which framework is "better" for analysis in this case? What makes one framework better than another? How can you say when a certain interpretation has gone too far?

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