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. What does Leeming say the myth of Gilgamesh represents?

2. What does Leeming say the stories of heroes who return or are reborn signify?

3. What does Leeming say Jesus and Quetzalcoatl have in common?

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

5. What does Leeming say Cuchulain had upon his birth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What significance does Leeming attribute to rocks in myth?

2. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

3. How does Leeming describe the myth of Oedipus?

4. What significance does Leeming attribute to places and objects?

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

6. How does Leeming define the term monomyth?

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

8. How does Leeming say describe the most important aspect of the hero's myth?

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

10. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city in myth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does an interpreter of myth lose any interpretive authority if they come from a culture outside of the myth? Can an American interpret an Indian myth, or vice versa? Do you have to be inside of a myth to understand it? Can all myths be analyzed and entered into? Do some myths simply remain strangers to us?

Essay Topic 2

What is the difference between a myth and a legend or fairy tale? Cite examples from The World of Myth to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Where is Leeming least convincing and least effective on this topic? Where does he lose the reader? What are the book's weak points, and how can you account for the flaws?

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