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. 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

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 2

Leeming discusses the myths of a number of major cultures: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hebraic, Christian, Norse, and Native American. Based on what Leeming describes of their myths--their creation, hero, afterlife and apocalypse myths, as well as their god and goddesses, sacred places and objects and signs and symbols--how would you characterize the difference between two cultures?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of the hero in contemporary culture? Are celebrities heroes, and if so, what traits distinguish them as heroes? Make an argument for the heroic status of a contemporary figure, using the definitions Leeming uses in The World of Myth.

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