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. How does Leeming describe the trickster gods?

2. What is the creation myth called in Mesopotamia?

3. In Leeming's account, how did the Hopi create their creation myth?

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

5. What is a teleological reason for myth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Leeming see images of the Great Mother in cathedrals?

2. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

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

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

5. What does Leeming see places and objects as metaphors for?

6. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

7. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city in myth?

8. How does Leeming describe the story of Joan of Arc?

9. Describe the Hebrew creation myth.

10. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast myths of the industrial or modern age with ancient or primitive myths. How are myths different in industrial times? What aspects of myths have remained the same?

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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