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 is the man in the "The Bridge" responsible for?

2. What does baby bird leave forever at the end of "Soaring"?

3. What do baby bird and his parents ultimately fight for in "Soaring"?

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

5. What lessons do the morals in Part 2 encourage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the interlude end?

2. Why are Billy's parents afraid of him in the story "Projection"?

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

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

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

6. Describe the end of "Soaring".

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

8. What does the line "the essential difficulty in trying to communicate with another is how to get past the interference of the resistance demons who inhabit that other" mean?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the term climax and decide where the point of climax is within the plot of one of the fables. Explain how the event fits the definition of climax and site examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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