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 contest must suitors enter in "The Ash Lad Who Made the Princess Say You're a Liar!"?

2. Why does the king become angry with Catherine in the story "Catherine, Sly Country Lass"?

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

4. What must the servant in "Helping to Lie'" help his master do?

5. In "Nars-ed-Din Hodja in the Pulpit," whom does the Hodja address at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the town do in "Li Chi Slays the Serpent" to repay the girl for slaying the serpent?

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

5. What does the servant tell his lord at the end of "Helping to Lie"?

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

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

8. How are the sea creatures created in "Sedna"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the stories "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "The Spirit Wife." Include in your essay a discussion of how culture affects the story.

Essay Topic 3

Occasionally, the folktales in Yolen's collection contain a moral or lesson. Choose a folktale and discuss what the moral is and how it is effectively demonstrated in the plot.

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