When God Was a Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Merlin Stone
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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 is the author of "The Golden Ass' which was written in the second century CE?

2. ____________ continues to be revered as the bestower of rights to shepherds and kings, suggesting matrilineal rights still apply to royalty.

3. It appears that the critical element is matrilineal descent of name and ___________ rather than women in power.

4. The _______________ tablets from the same region of the world as the Genesis story tell a different creation story with the woman as the positive part of the story.

5. Which area has the sex roles for society reversed and where a warrior-Goddess is worshiped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does V. Klein have to say about the effect of female power on the society of the ancient times?

2. Since little has survived about the Goddess in Sumerian times, how can one believe the Goddess was important?

3. Early Sumerian tablets associate the Divine Ancestress with particular towns. What are three of these towns' names?

4. What is Eridu said to be the place of when it steps away from the Goddess religions?

5. What do love poems of Egyptian times have to say about the Egyptian woman's role in the courtship with a man?

6. What do surviving documents seem to suggest about the writings of priestly scribes during the time of the battle ax warriors?

7. How does the Goddess movement and belief system survive, even though the male deity movement continues to take hold?

8. How does Merlin Stone say that society portrays the modern women and her inherent qualities?

9. What are some of the freedoms women in classical Greece still get access to?

10. Describe the battle ax cultures in terms of what their presence was like during their arrival and contact with Goddess-worshiping Middle Easterners.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Stone's research, women in ancient societies used to have more control and power.

Part 1: Why do you think women held more power in earlier times?

Part 2: Why was is beneficial for societies that women held more power and influence?

Part 3: Why do you think women are not as powerful in society anymore? Or are they? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The relation between the snake and the woman/Goddess is clear from the text and from the art and historical research that is presented in the book.

Part 1: Why does the snake make sense as a symbol for the Goddess in the book?

Part 2: Why does the snake seem to be a less than appropriate symbol for the Goddess?

Part 3: What do you think the link between the snake and the Goddess is? Why is this important?

Essay Topic 3

The concept of God being a woman is one that certainly is a mystery to many people in society. The thought that God as anything but male is challenging to grasp.

Part 1: Why do you think the author is trying to support the idea of God being a woman?

Part 2: Why does God being a woman make sense in relation to the information presented in this manuscript?

Part 3: How do you think the idea of God being a woman might change society, if it is true?

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