Western Mythology--Week-7

  1. Which is NOT true of Native Amercian mythological figures of Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away?
    a. They are able to awaken their dead mother.

    b. They are trickster characters.

    c. They are brothers.

    d. They are really gods in human form.
  2. Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away are young heroes who perform which great deed?
    a. They save the children of their village from the old man who eats youngsters.

    b. They bring their tribe knowledge of new hunting grounds.

    c. They save their father from the triangle of trees that have tried to beat him to death.

    d. After being swallowed by a serpent, they save themselves and the others in the serpent's belly.
  3. The Raven figure in Native American mythology is often a creator and a trickster.
    • True
    • False
  4. In the myth, Raven and the Sources of Light, Raven transforms himself into an owl to steal the moon from his grandfather.
    • True
    • False
  5. The unattractive youth in Caught by a Hair-String reaffirms the existing social-order by declaring that:
    a. The old couple's shy daughter should marry the man that her parents choose for her.

    b. The chief should adopt him as his heir because the unattractive youth is the most powerful man in the village.

    c. The chief's son should be the next leader of their people.

    d. The Whale Person should keep his medicine as it may disrupt the natural cycles of human life.
  6. Native American myths teach us all of the following about their values and culture EXCEPT:
    A. One's status in society depended heavily on how much gold you could offer as gifts to others.

    B. Women were given some autonomy in the decisions they made about marriage.

    C. Hunting skills were highly desired and important to a man's status in his village/tribe.

    D. Children were loved and valued by both their parents and the tribe.
  7. In the African myth, Gassire's Lute, Gassire trades his children and his home in Wagadu for:
    A. Unimaginable wealth

    B. Fame for himself and his sons

    C. Godlike power

    D. Personal immortality
  8. In order to make his greatest desire come true, Gassire must carry his ____ into battle.
    piece of wood
  9. Which of the following themes does the myth of Gassire share with other heroic myths of the world?
    A. He is given foreknowledge of his destiny and tries to change it.

    B. He is distracted by a passionate love affair.

    C. His acts heroically in order to save his people / city from destruction.

    D. His thirst for power ends up harming his own people.
  10. Gassire shares traits with several mythological heroes.  Which one does he have the most resemblance to?
    A. Jason

    B. Rama

    C. Beowulf

    D. Aeneas
  11. Match the characters of The Ramayana to their correct description:
    A. In order to defend SIta, he slices off a Rakshasa's ears and nose and starts a war.

    • B. Places Rama's sandals on
    • the throne to hold Rama's place there; vows to live as a hermit would
    • even while ruling in Rama's stead.

    C. His obedience to dharma allows him to rule his city for thousands of peaceful years.

    D. A ten-headed beast that is only killed when Rama shoots Brahma's arrow into its heart.

    E. Normally a monkey, he transforms himself into a cat in order to discover where the Rahshasas have hidden Sita.

    • Rama
    • Lakshmana
    • Ravana
    • Hanuman
    • Bharata
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Western Mythology--Week-7
Quiz from week 7 quiz.