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 mean by the term 'monomyth'?

2. How does Leeming describe the significance of the city?

3. How does Leeming say Buddha was conceived?

4. How does Leeming define the hero?

5. What does Leeming say the city represents in myth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Leeming describe the myth of Oedipus?

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

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

5. What significance does Leeming attribute to Delphi?

6. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

7. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

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

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

10. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

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

Read another book about mythology--even something short, like Karen Armstrong's "A Short History of Myth"--and compare and contrast Leeming's approach to myth to another author's. What are Leeming's main preoccupations, and what are his methods? What is his style for expressing them? What does he tend to include? What does he omit? How can you characterize Leeming's intellectual personality?

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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