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1. How do myths and legends shape a society?
Myths and legends shape a society by providing and explanation to the unknown. They also
help shape cultural norms and what is considered right and wrong.
2. How were myths and legends used to explain the natural world before science?
Myths and legends often explained the unknown to people to bring comfort. With no
scientific way to explain why certain things happen, myths explained to unknown to make
sense of the world.
3. What role do myths play in the cultural activities of a society?
Myths help form and create a system of values, norms, and beliefs within a society.
4. How do myths provide life with meaning?
Myths are often used to interpret events that happen in peoples lives. Myths can help
people understand why something is happening to them and how they can deal with it.
5. Do myths and legends establish moral guidelines for living?
Myths and legends often influence the moral guidelines for living through lessons learned in
stories.
Critical Thinking Questions
6. Name at least three ways our culture would be different if we had no myths and
legends. Do you think life would be better, the same, or worse?
I think that certain aspects of life would be better, some would be worse, and some would
stay the same. If we had no myths and legends, science would probably advance faster with
less resistance. But some people may not see any point to live and live recklessly. Humans

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may also not be as bigoted and judgmental without the influence of myths, legends, and
religion.
7. The bogeyman can be found all over the world. Describe how the bogeyman is
portrayed in our culture.
In American culture, the boogeyman is seen as a mysterious stalker that hides near
someone, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
8. Think of a character trait you believe is important in a person. Now describe a myth
or legend from our culture that reinforces the importance of the trait.
Knowing your own weaknesses is an important character trait to have. An example of this
is Phaethon. Phaethon believes that he is capable of riding the sun chariot even though his
father tells him that he will not. Phaethon ignores his father’s warning and crashes the sun
chariot into earth.
9. The Viking version of the afterlife was an extension of what was important to them
on Earth: bravery in battle. Describe what the afterlife might look like to a culture
that valued a theme of your choosing. Ideas: wealth, peace, knowledge,
entertainment, independence, etc.
For a culture that values peace, love, and acceptance, and afterlife would be utopian.
Everyone would get along and be happy. People would also have a second chance to right
their wrongs.
10. Food and drink are often the objects of myth and legend. Describe a food or drink
that a visitor to our country might think was sacred to us.
I think that the hamburger could be considered “sacred” to America. It’s a basic American
food that can be found on any restaurant menu. They can be cheap and basic, or expensive
and fancy.

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Review Questions 1. How do myths and legends shape a society? Myths and legends shape a society by providing and explanation to the unknown. They also help shape cultural norms and what is considered right and wrong. 2. How were myths and legends used to explain the natural world before science? Myths and legends often explained the unknown to people to bring comfort. With no scientific way to explain why certain things happen, myths explained to unknown to make sense of the world. 3. What role do myths play in the cultural activities of a society? Myths help form and create a system of values, norms, and beliefs within a society. 4. How do myths provide life with meaning? Myths are often used to interpret events that happen in peoples lives. Myths can help people understand why something is happening to them and how they can deal with it. 5. Do myths and legends establish m ...
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