Creation Myth Unit Quiz
Wednesday, February 15th
Fifty questions @ 2 points each. Multiple choice, matching, and fill in.
You should know the details for the following creation myths
Be able to identify what type of creation as well as characters and etiological components.
Definition of Myth: from Greek “mythos” = “story” “speech” / Myth can be interpreted as a symbol or as a model
Myth must have:
1) storyline, plot; 2) story must break normal limits [typically gods + heroes experience things beyond human limits]
Cosmology = explains universe itself (cosmos = order, beauty, of cosmetics)
Cosmogonic Myth = genesis, how did the universe come to be?
Etiological Myth= explains why, how universe is & answers questions
Eschatological Myth = Myths that address the end, the last thing that happens i.e., the end of the world (underworld myths)
Succession Myth = Myths of successive generations; generally involves violent overthrow
THE FIVE TYPES OF CREATION MYTHS
1 Ex Nihilo
2 Creation from Chaos
3 Creation from
5 Earth Diver
Know definitions and examples from our readings.