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. What sign does Leeming say started Moses' myth?

3. How does Leeming describe Delphi?

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

5. What time of year does the time when heroes are born correspond to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

3. What is the Water Jar Boy myth?

4. What does Leeming say the fall of a city represents?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Use two different metaphorical frameworks to analyze one myth. For instance, you could describe the myth as a metaphor for political, psychological, spiritual, linguistic, social, or historical realities. Which framework is "better" for analysis in this case? What makes one framework better than another? How can you say when a certain interpretation has gone too far?

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

What was the time before the gods like? Not just in the myths, but in the cultural idea of gods: what were the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or Norse pantheons like before they were seen as pantheons? How did the disparate and local gods become pantheons that seemed to rule over a territory through a religion or system of myths?

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