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 rocks in the stories of Jesus, Arthur, Mithras, and Isaac represent?

2. In Leeming's account, why are temples and cities founded on mountains?

3. What does Leeming say the stone represents in the King Arthur and Theseus myths?

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

5. What tale does Leeming describe as the epitome of the story of the loss of genitals?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Leeming see images of the Great Mother in cathedrals?

2. How does Leeming describe the myth of Oedipus?

3. How does Leeming define the term monomyth?

4. How does Leeming describe the hero Herakles?

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

6. What significance does Leeming attribute to the labyrinth in myth?

7. How does Leeming describe the significance of Jerusalem?

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

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

10. What significance does Leeming attribute to Delphi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are heroes different from ordinary humans? Is everyone a hero at certain stages of their development, or is the hero a specific cultural response to social problems or situations? Use examples from The World of Myth to define the status of the hero relative to "ordinary" people.

Essay Topic 2

How useful is the term monomyth for the study of myth? How useful is it for analyzing a particular myth? Analyze a myth of your choice by relating it to its underlying monomyth, and discuss the benefits and limitations of the term "monomyth" as an analytical tool. How useful is it?

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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