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 places and objects are associated with in myth?

2. How did King Arthur assume the throne?

3. What opposition does Leeming say King Arthur faced in assuming his quest?

4. What does Leeming say the chasm at Delphi gives access to?

5. Whose advice did the Trojans ignore when they decided to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming define the hero?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Leeming describe the hero Herakles?

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

9. What significance does Leeming attribute to trees in myth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leeming discusses the myths of a number of major cultures: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hebraic, Christian, Norse, and Native American. Based on what Leeming describes of their myths--their creation, hero, afterlife and apocalypse myths, as well as their god and goddesses, sacred places and objects and signs and symbols--how would you characterize the difference between two cultures?

Essay Topic 2

Describe a myth that is alive and being told today, in your culture. What are its metaphorical meanings? What mystery does the myth put you in the presence of? How does it balance abstract and physical or imaginative and real attributes?

Essay Topic 3

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

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