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

2. When does Leeming say the Greek pantheon was adapted to Roman religion?

3. What does Leeming say the Hebraic people's monotheistic god focused on?

4. How does Leeming say the Chinese describe the flood?

5. How does Leeming say the Supreme Being is frequently characterized?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming define a "cosmogony" and what kinds of stories are contained in cosmogonies?

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

3. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

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

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

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

7. Describe the Hopi creation myth.

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

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

10. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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