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. Who does Leeming say parallels Lucifer in the Norse pantheon?

2. How does Leeming define gods?

3. What does Leeming say the flood was for in Mayan culture?

4. What do the various versions of the Egyptian creation myth Leeming cites revolve around?

5. Which topic does not fall under cosmology?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

3. How does Leeming define the gods?

4. How does Leeming describe the Hebrew pantheon?

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

6. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

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

8. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

9. When does Leeming say the Egyptian creation myths were repeated?

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

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 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

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?

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