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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 becomes of the blacksmith that made a deal with the Devil which prevented him from both Heaven and Hell?

2. What is African Jack's version of the hungry rabbit and wolf?

3. How does Brer Rabbit trick Brer Fox out of his hunting game?

4. How does Brer Rabbit get revenge on Brer Wolf?

5. How does Brer Tarrypin fool Brer Fox into letting go of his tail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Brer Fox get dragged along behind Brer Wolf?

2. In the story, The Moon in the Mill-Pond, how do Brer Rabbit and Brer Tarrypin keep the bear, the fox, and the wolf occupied while they visit Miss Meadows?

3. Describe the variations on the same theme told by Uncle Remus, African Jack, and Aunt Tempy.

4. What moral question does the little boy raise after hearing how Brer Rabbit tricked Mr. Mann out of his meat?

5. How do the tales, Brother Terrapin Deceives Brother Buzzard and Brother Fox Covets the Quills run together?

6. What indicates the relationship between Miss Sally and Uncle Remus?

7. What is the subject matter one evening that disturbs Aunt Tempy and the little boy?

8. To whom does Uncle Remus compare the lion in the tale, Mr. Lion Hunts for Mr. Man?

9. Describe the little boy's reaction to the tale of the race between Brer Rabbit and Brer Tarrypin.

10. Describe Brer Bear's reaction when he discovers he has been hoodwinked by Brer Rabbit in the peanut patch.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, How Uncle Remus's Tales are Easily Adapted for Children. (1) Begin with the Disney animations of the Brer Rabbit stories; (2) contrast the Brer Rabbit character from the book with children's story books adapted from the tales; and (3) conclude with an argument that the adaptations are more appropriate for children by what they leave out.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Importance of Story Tellers in the 19th Century. (1) Discuss why good story tellers like Uncle Remus were so important in those days for want of other types of entertainment, (2) analyze the ability of story tellers that made some better than others, and (3) the importance of handing down an oral tradition before the time when books and other media made it possible to record both stories and history.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Supernatural in Folklore. First refer to examples of witches and devils in the Uncle Remus tales. Then, discuss how the supernatural is most often used to explain the otherwise unexplainable. Finally, discuss the fascination people have with the supernatural, giving examples of how it appears in literature, art, and movies to this day.

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