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 happens to the maiden in "The Waiting Maid's Parrot"?

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

3. Who comes to the bride's rescue in the story "The Prayer that was Answered"'?

4. What does the servant tell the nobleman at the end of "Helping to Lie"?

5. What is the prophecy in "The Birth of Finn MacCumhail"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. How does the dragon in the story "The Longwitton Dragon" protect himself?

6. What makes the poet in "Wagging My Tail in the Mud" truly happy?

7. What is wrong with Mr. Fox in the story "Mr. Fox"?

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

9. How does the hare anger the other animals in "Why the Hare Runs Away"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe the moral about life and death presented in "Jump Into My Sack." Compare this with one other story in the section "Death and the World's End."

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