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 do most of the dominoes realize in "Panic"?

2. In the story "Jean and Jane", how do Jean and Jane know each other?

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

4. Why does the Scavenger Fish quit her job?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Panic", how is the dominoes' chain reaction stopped?

2. How does Edwin H. Friedman compare humans to reptiles in the introduction to Part 4?

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

4. What is the relationship between the husband and wife in "The Lesson"?

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

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

7. What is the relationship between Bacterium and Virus in "Symbiosis"?

8. Why are the historical figures in "Tradition" worried?

9. Why do the island inhabitants in "Attachment" decide to change their ways after the shipwrecked man leaves?

10. Why is the shipwrecked man uncomfortable on the island in "Attachment" ?

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

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

Discuss the relationship between baby bird and his parents. What role does each person fill in the other person's life? Demonstrate how this relationship helps the author arrive at the moral of the story, "Soaring".

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