December 5, 2009
The exam will consist of two parts.
1. Identifications: 3-5 sentence definitions/descriptions of 12 of the following terms.
- At least 10 of these terms must be from list A.
- You can do a maximum of 2 terms from list B (the list of topics from oral presentations).
hero’s journey (p. 170)
Gilgamesh and Enkidu
Dionysia (p. 462)
Levi-Strauss – structural study of myth – relationships and oppositions
trickster (Odysseus, Prometheus)
archetypes (shadow, animus/anima, self)
folktale / fairy tale (lack or harm — > trials (involving a donor, villain, false hero) –> resolution)
the Goose Girl
Cupid and Psyche
Things Fall Apart
Night on Dark Mountain/Fantasia
The Lion King
Trojan Pig / Hey Arnold!
2. Essay on Theories of Myth
You will be asked to read a myth or a story analyze and discuss it using no more than two of the theories of myth that we have studied:
- Levi-Strauss’ theory of myth as a mediation of contradictions
- Jung’s theory of archetypes
- Victor Turner’s theory of myth and the phases of ritual (separation, liminal period, aggregation)
- Propp’s theory of fairy tales/folktales (lack or harm that leads to a resolution, often a wedding; the story includes villain, donor, helper, hero, false hero)