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. At the end of "Nervous Condition", how does John's wife attack him?

2. Who is Oedipus?

3. What does the doctor think about Billy in "Projection"?

4. What animal is the moth confused by in "Round in Circles"?

5. What happens to the moth at the end of "Round in Circles"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What advice does the moth give the fly in "Round in Circles"? Why should the moth follow his own advice?

4. How does the doctor try to break the man's belief in "The Power of Belief"? What is the result of the attempt?

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

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

7. How are the characters of Faust and Oedipus similar?

8. What is the significance of the man crossing the bridge in the story of the "The Bridge"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 an interlude and how does the author use this in his book? What point do the characters in the interlude carry over from the first part of the collection to the second part?

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