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. Why does Leeming say trees are often sacred symbols?

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

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

4. How does Leeming say most people celebrate Jerusalem?

5. What does Leeming say European cathedrals are thought to represent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

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

5. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

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

7. What mythic significance does Leeming say European cathedrals have?

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

9. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

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

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 2

Write an evaluative review of Leeming's The World of Myth. Where is the book most itself? Where is it unresolved, or rife with internal tensions? How are those tensions contained? What if any forces are trying to pull The World of Myth apart?

Essay Topic 3

What is the setting for a myth, and is this collection the proper place for keeping these myths alive? Does a myth require a ceremonial, ritual, or religious setting, or a certain storytelling environment, or is a myth no matter where it is told or recorded. How much is a myth dependent on the circumstances of its telling? Is a myth different when it is analyzed than it is when it is told as a story in response to events of a question?

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