Friedman's Fables Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edwin Friedman
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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 does Faust want people to look to for inspiration?

2. What does Billy like to cut up in "Projection"?

3. What are most of the bird couples' children able to do in "Soaring"?

4. What are the birds in "Soaring" looking forward to?

5. What do the lamb's friends say about her fear?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the interlude end?

2. What does Oedipus argue is the best way for humans to find truth?

3. How does Edwin H. Friedman feel towards his publishers and editors and why?

4. How is John treated by others in "Nervous Condition" and why?

5. What do Faust and Oedipus debate in the Interlude?

6. Why does the man on the rope in "The Bridge" think the first man is being selfish?

7. What is Edwin H. Friedman's relationship to his characters?

8. What does Edwin H. Friedman mean by "The Failure of Syntax"?

9. What does Faust argue is the best way for humans to find truth?

10. Why does Billy act the way he does in "Projection" and why is he frustrated with his parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between the two men in the story "The Bridge". How does the author use the idea of responsibility in another story? Compare and contrast the two stories.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of a title of your choice? Address how the title relates to the chapter and what the title might mean in the context of the book. How does the title reflect or fail to reflect the moral of the story?

Essay Topic 3

When considering Edwin Friedman's life, where do you believe he found the inspiration for his book? What does this book cause you to think about the author's life? Do you believe the author's stories demonstrate his religious background?

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