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 labyrinth represents?

2. What does Leeming say beckoned to King Arthur's knights?

3. What does Leeming mean by the term 'monomyth'?

4. What does Leeming say the Norse tree of life represents?

5. What does Leeming say places and objects represent in myths?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming describe the significance of Jerusalem?

2. What parallels does Leeming say in the Aboriginal myth of the Pleiades?

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

4. How does Leeming describe the myth of Gilgamesh?

5. What significance does Leeming attribute to Delphi?

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

7. How does Leeming describe the hero Herakles?

8. When does Leeming say that heroes tend to be born?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Make an annotated timeline that shows the development of myths from one period to the next. Make an annotated map that shows the various types of myth that were prevalent in different regions in the mid-nineteenth century, in classical times, and in the present.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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