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. In "Raising Cain: A Case History of the First Family", what is the conclusion of the report?

2. What is the youngest bird unable to do at the start of "Soaring"?

3. How does baby bird feel at the end of "Soaring"?

4. What is the lamb's friends' advice at the end of ""The Friendly Forest"?

5. What image do baby bird's parents want to project in "Soaring"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What finally convinces baby bird to leave the nest?

2. Why is baby bird rebelling against his parents and how does he rebel?

3. What is the conclusion of the report in "Raising Cain: A Case History of the First Family"?

4. What does Cassandra offer to the debate between Faust and Oedipus?

5. What does the report in "Raising Cain: A Case History of the First Family" study?

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

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

8. Why is the lamb afraid of the tiger in "The Friendly Forest"? What is her friend's advice?

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

10. What do the birds in "Soaring" believe is their greatest accomplishment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role do good intentions play in Edwin Friedman's stories? Choose three stories and show how good intentions fail when there is no communication.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Ms. Muffet. Why is perfection so important to her and how does it lead to her demise? What is the moral of her story and how is her demise related to the moral?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of the silent figures that hold the woman down in "The Lesson"? Why does the author include this more serious tale in his collection?

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