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 "The Failure of Syntax", what does Edwin H. Friedman claim communication does not depend on?

2. How do the bird couple in "Soaring" feel about their youngest?

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

4. How does baby bird decide to punish his parents?

5. Who is the first family in "Raising Cain: A Case History of the First Family"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Edwin H. Friedman suggest people open themselves up to better communication?

8. How does the interlude end?

9. What is the common moral in "An American Holly" and "The Power of Belief"?

10. Why does baby bird worry his parents so much?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Edwin Friedman address the theme of intimacy in his book? Choose two examples of examples and explain how these examples contribute to the theme of intimacy. Is this a reflection on society or the author's personal beliefs?

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

What are fables and what purpose do fables serve in modern society? Does Edwin Friedman recreate fables or rely on the same patterns of his predecessors?

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