Reading Finals

By: Alli Brokman

Demeter and Persephone

(a) What was the consequence of Demeter’s actions?

The consequence was that plants starved when Demeter didn't feed them because she was blaming the ground for the disappearance of Persephone.

(b) How did humankind suffer as a result of one individual’s impulses?

When Demeter blamed the ground she starved the plants and the plants were the people's food so humankind starved because of Demeter.

(c) What does this myth suggest about the effects of an individual’s actions on the

community as a whole?

Demeter starved the nature which starved the people so her action killed some of the community .

Popocatepetl and Ixtlaccihuatl

(a) Was the Emperor’s decision at the legend’s beginning better for the individual or the community?

The decision was better for the community because they needed a good leader for the whole community not just for an individual.

(b) Is it ever important to consider the needs of a community over the needs of an

individual? Explain.

Yes, because just one individual does not matter compared to a whole community, so a communities' needs are more important.

Sun and Moon in a Box

(a) How do Coyote’s ignorance and selfishness cause harm to others?

When Coyote's curiosity made him open the box, they had winter so his actions caused harm to others.

(b) Which character bears more blame for losing the sun and moon? Why?

I think the Coyote does because he had the choice to open the box even though Eagle did give it to him, Coyote still had the choice and he decided to open it.

(c) What does this folk tale imply about the individual’s responsibility to the community?

Eagle had a responsibility to not open the box and he shouldn't have given the box to Coyote because he had a feeling that he was going to open it. Also Coyote had a responsibility to not open it but he did it anyway.