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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 tale does Uncle Remus tell about Brer Rabbit and Unk Moon?
2. How does Uncle Remus say the fox got black legs?
3. Who tells a slightly different story about the lion from Aunt Tempy's story?
4. What childhood story had been denied the little boy, keeping the wings of his imagination clipped?
5. In Crazy Sue's story, why did the raccoon pretend to be dead?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the secret of Brer Rabbit's laughing place.
2. Who is the company everyone tells the blacksmith he is going to have soon?
3. What is the folklore Uncle Remus tells the boy about the cricket?
4. Explain how Uncle Remus relates superstitious ideas about scientific phenomena.
5. What is the influence that the little boy's mother relies on in bring up the boy thereby affecting his imagination?
6. In the story of the witch-wolf, explain why she wanted to marry a man.
7. What is the news Uncle Remus rlates to the boy on the night of Christmas Eve?
8. What tale does Uncle Remus tell his young boy helper when the boy begins to tire of turning the grinding wheel?
9. Explain how Uncle Remus uses common occurrences to teach the boy valuable lessons.
10. Who are Crazy Sue, Lillian, and Lucien?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Relationships Between Animals and People in the Remus Tales. (1) What subliminal message do you get from those interactions? (2) Are the animals generally smarter than the people? (3) Why does Uncle Remus include people at all?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay of at least two typewritten pages on the topic, The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus is Not Children's Literature. Salient points should include (1) the violence in the tales; (2) the moral questions of theft and lies as appropriate behavior under certain circumstances; and (3) the adult nature of certain situations among the human characters in the book.
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