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. For what does Leeming say the struggle among gods in the Egyptian pantheon is a metaphor?

2. What does Leeming say was the central organizing principle of the Christian Creation myth?

3. What does Leeming say myths describe with regard to individuals relating to the Supreme Being?

4. How does Leeming say the Greek pantheon differs from other pantheons?

5. Who does Leeming say is the archetypal helper god in the Greco-Roman Pantheon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do different cultures describe the Apocalypse?

2. How does Leeming define the gods?

3. How does Leeming address the fall from grace or perfection in creation myths?

4. What does Leeming say the Great Mother represents?

5. How does Leeming describe the Norse pantheon?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What was the time before the gods like? Not just in the myths, but in the cultural idea of gods: what were the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or Norse pantheons like before they were seen as pantheons? How did the disparate and local gods become pantheons that seemed to rule over a territory through a religion or system of myths?

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