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. When was the story of Gilgamesh likely composed?

2. Who sent the serpents that devoured the character who warned the Trojans not to accept the Greeks' wooden horse?

3. How does Leeming describe Delphi?

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

5. At Oedipus' birth, what did the oracle predict Oedipus would do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the significance of Jerusalem?

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

3. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

4. How does Leeming define the term monomyth?

5. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

6. What significance does Leeming attribute to Delphi?

7. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

8. How does Leeming define the hero?

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

10. How does Leeming describe the hero Herakles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How consistent are the myths from each of the cultures Leeming describes? Do the cosmogonies and the hero myths from Greece, say, demonstrate a unified Greekness? Is there a conflict in values between the different kinds of myths Leeming analyzes? Describe two myths that reveal a conflict in values within the one culture that tells them.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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