Friedman's Fables Test | Final 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 magic ring's first power?

2. What is the moral of "Panic"?

3. What does the Bacterium tell the Virus to do at the start of "Symbiosis"?

4. How does the stepmom describe Cinderella?

5. What, at the start of "Symbiosis", does the Virus argue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is interesting about the character names in "Caught in Her Own Web"?

2. How does the stepmom describe Cinderella in "Cinderella: An Address Delivered to the National Association of Family Therapists by Cinderella's Stepmother"?

3. What is the problem with making ideal humans in "Narcissus"?

4. What happens to the flower at the end of "The Wallflower"?

5. What document does Moses sign at the end of "Tradition" and how does he change it?

6. What does the line "something might evolve" at the end of "Symbiosis" mean?

7. What historical figures appear in "Tradition" and what is their role in society?

8. What is the purpose of the screen in "Narcissus" and why does it fail?

9. What are the powers of the ring in the story "The Magic Ring"?

10. What does Jean learn about Jane in "Jean and Jane" and what is significant about it?

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

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?

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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