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. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?

3. How do the Greeks explain the presence of winter?

4. What is cosmogony?

5. Why does Leeming say cultures give human form to Supreme Beings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

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

5. How does Leeming describe the Egyptian pantheon?

6. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

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

9. Describe the Christian creation myth.

10. Describe the first creation myth to originate in Egypt.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Make an annotated timeline that shows the development of myths from one period to the next. Make an annotated map that shows the various types of myth that were prevalent in different regions in the mid-nineteenth century, in classical times, and in the present.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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