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 European temples are meant to represent?

2. What was Hiawatha's quest?

3. What does Leeming say the Tree of Knowledge in the Hebraic myth foreshadows?

4. What sign does Leeming say started Moses' myth?

5. What symbols in churches does Leeming say represent the Great Mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the myth of Gilgamesh?

2. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

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

4. What does Leeming see places and objects as metaphors for?

5. How does Leeming describe the myth of Oedipus?

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

7. What is significant in the story of Teiresias, in Leeming's description?

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

9. How does Leeming describe the hero Herakles?

10. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

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

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 3

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?

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