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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

Analyze two similar myths from different cultures, and characterize the fundamental correspondence between them. How do you account for the distinct features of each myth? Are they culturally relevant markers that characterize each culture? Are they superfluous to the essential myth itself, and therefore merely personal or individual in nature?

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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