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. Where did "The King's Favorite" originate?

2. In "The Waiting Maid's Parrot," what does the parrot help the maiden do?

3. From which group of people does the story "Glooscap and the Baby" come?

4. "How Men and Women Got Together" is about ________________.

5. What does the serpent like to eat in "Li Chi Slays the Serpent"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the parson trade clothes with the sexton in "The Parson and the Sexton"?

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

4. Who marries the princess in "Crack and Crook"? Why?

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

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

7. Why does the rich man in "Lazy Jack" give his daughter to Jack in marriage?

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

9. The king wants to decide who is more clever in "Merry Prank." Which characters are considered by the king? Who is victorious?

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

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

What is the significance of the characters not having specific names? Why does this appear to be the trend in folktales? Provide two examples and provide a plot summary and how the lack of names contributes to the story.

Essay Topic 3

How does the setting affect the plot of a folktale? Choose one folktale and discuss its setting and how the setting relates to the plot.

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