The World of Myth Test | Final 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. How did King Arthur assume the throne?

2. What does Leeming say the labyrinth represents?

3. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city?

4. Why does Leeming say the hero sometimes refuses the quest?

5. What does Leeming say European cathedrals are thought to represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Leeming say the fall of a city represents?

2. How does Leeming describe the story of Joan of Arc?

3. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

4. What does Leeming say the Mountain represents in myth?

5. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

6. How does Leeming describe the myth of King Arthur?

7. What parallels does Leeming say in the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades?

8. What does Leeming say about the importance of death and resurrection in hero stories?

9. When does Leeming say that heroes tend to be born?

10. How does Leeming define the hero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leeming describes myths as concerning gods and goddesses, but they are also tales that transcend religion, and have an essential human, psychological truth, which is applicable beyond the particular religion that told the myth originally. In this light, discuss the religious nature of myth--do myths apply equally to atheists and believers?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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