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. What country is the origin of the tale "The Drovers Who Lost Their Feet"?

2. What does the king give to the boy in "The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs"?

3. Jack causes a deaf girl to laugh in "Lazy Jack." What is his reward?

4. What do the pickpockets in "The Two Pickpockets" hope their children become?

5. What is wrong with the couple's marriage in "What Happened to Hadji"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the "The Man Who Had No Story" get a story?

2. What is the pact that the two men make in "One Night in Paradise"? Do they follow through on the pact?

3. In "Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka," how does the King find his bride?

4. 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?

5. What does the sky god in "How Spider Obtained the Sky God's Stories" want in exchange for stories?

6. What does the man find out about the girl he falls in love with in "A Pretty Girl in the Road"?

7. How does the doll in "Visilisa the Beautiful" help Visilisa?

8. What rule does Orpheus break in "Orpheus and Eurydice"? What is the result?

9. In the story "The Waiting Maid's Parrot," how does the young boy find the buried girl?

10. Why does no one want to be around the bad wife in the story "The Bad Wife"? Who ends up with her at the end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Provide a response to the following question citing examples from Yolen's book to prove your argument: Can prophecies be altered?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the reasoning for Yolen's choice to organize her book. What is the structural benefit of the organization? Is it cohesive?

Essay Topic 3

Each folktale in Yolen's collection has a title. Discuss the significance of ''Wagging My Tail in the Mud." Include a brief summary of the story and how the title relates to the plot.

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