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

2. What does Leeming say the loss of genitals represents in myth?

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

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

5. What qualities does Leeming say Hercules shares with many heroes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leeming define the hero?

2. How does Leeming describe the story of Joan of Arc?

3. What significance does Leeming attribute to places and objects?

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

5. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Leeming define the term monomyth?

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

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

Analyze two similar myths from different cultures, and characterize the fundamental correspondence between them. How do you account for the distinct features of each myth? Are they culturally relevant markers that characterize each culture? Are they superfluous to the essential myth itself, and therefore merely personal or individual in nature?

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