The World of Myth Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What is cosmogony?

3. To whom does Leeming credit the adaptation of the Greek pantheon the Roman religion?

4. What is the end goal of human development in Hopi myth, in Leeming's account?

5. What evidence does Leeming cite that suggests the presence of whites in Africa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant in the story of Teiresias, in Leeming's description?

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

3. How does Leeming describe the myth of Gilgamesh?

4. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

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

6. How does Leeming say the figure of the trickster?

7. How does Leeming describe the Greek pantheon?

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

9. What does Leeming say the Mountain represents in myth?

10. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How useful is the term monomyth for the study of myth? How useful is it for analyzing a particular myth? Analyze a myth of your choice by relating it to its underlying monomyth, and discuss the benefits and limitations of the term "monomyth" as an analytical tool. How useful is it?

Essay Topic 2

Read another book about mythology--even something short, like Karen Armstrong's "A Short History of Myth"--and compare and contrast Leeming's approach to myth to another author's. What are Leeming's main preoccupations, and what are his methods? What is his style for expressing them? What does he tend to include? What does he omit? How can you characterize Leeming's intellectual personality?

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between a myth and a legend or fairy tale? Cite examples from The World of Myth to support your answer.

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