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. Which is not an example of a sacred mountain in Leeming's account?

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

4. Whose story does Leeming cite as evidence of the story of the fall of a great city?

5. What does Leeming say Christ's cross and Odin and Attis' sacred trees represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What traits does Leeming describe in heroes?

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

3. What is significant in the story of Teiresias, in Leeming's description?

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

5. How does Leeming describe the myth of Moses?

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

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

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

9. How does Leeming describe the fall of Troy?

10. How does Leeming define the term monomyth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does the packaging--the book jacket layout and design in particular--advance the material in the book? Does it detract? Analyze and describe how the publisher is striving to present this work to a book-buying marketplace. Is the book accurately represented by the cover? How could the cover, jacket, and copy have represented the book better?

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

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?

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