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. Who is Frigg, in the Norse pantheon?

3. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Meso-American pantheon?

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

5. To whom does Leeming say the Egyptian god Isis corresponds in the Greek pantheon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Christian creation myth.

3. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

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

5. How does Leeming say the Romans altered the Greek pantheon?

6. What does Leeming say is the creation myth for modern people?

7. Describe the Mesopotamian creation myth.

8. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

9. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

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

Where is Leeming most convincing and most effective as an author describing his topic? Where were you most drawn into the book and its topics, and what accounts for the interesting nature of the work?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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