Favorite Folktales from Around the World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Longwitton Dragon," why can the knight not slay the dragon?

2. Where did "The Parson and the Sexton" originate?

3. What does Hodja tell the owner happened to the second item he borrowed in "The Hodja and the Cauldron"?

4. What happens to the girl at the house she visits accidentally in "The Little Old Woman with Five Cows"?

5. In "The Brewery of Eggshells," with what is the woman's baby replaced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do the three brothers try to trick in "The Tall Tales" and why? What becomes of the brothers?

2. Why are the girl and her family crying in "The Three Sillies"?

3. Into what does the oldest man in "The Seventh Father of the House"' fit?

4. How does the guard lie to the king in the story "The Merchant's Daughter and the Slanderer"?

5. How does the young boy trick the king in "The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs"?

6. In "Glooscap and the Baby" how does the baby defeat Glooscap?

7. What does the man put in his trunk in "The Prayer that was Answered"? What does he discover in his trunk when he arrives home?

8. In "The Hodja and the Cauldron," how does the Hodja manage to keep the cauldron?

9. Why is the king in "Quevedo and the King" mad at Quevedo?

10. Why do the townspeople in "Chelm Justice" not want to hang the shoe mender?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a complex character interaction in Yolen's collection of folktales. Analyze the relationship between the two characters. Also discuss how the relationship enhances the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences in the portrayal of the devil in "The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs" and one other fable that Yolen includes in her collection. Why are these differences significant?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the conflict in "Being Greedy Chokes Anansi." Explain the conflict in context to the plot and to the characters.

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