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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who believed that fairy tales led the listener to look for a higher sense of self?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Plato.
(c) Freud.
(d) Jung.

2. An adult may take a childhood fairy tale and turn it into what?
(a) Fear.
(b) Dream.
(c) Fantasy.
(d) Nightmare.

3. What do the Germans call their version of fairy tales?
(a) Ancient tales.
(b) Murchen.
(c) Sage.
(d) Myth.

4. A person with no experience in fairy tales may not understand the difference between which two objects?
(a) Fantasy and reality.
(b) Ego and superego.
(c) Good and evil.
(d) Internal and external worlds.

5. As a general rule, characters in fairy tales tend to be:
(a) On a journey.
(b) Impulsive.
(c) One-dimensional.
(d) Young.

Short Answer Questions

1. Myths tend to focus on which of the following?

2. Historically speaking, a child's mind was formed by all but which one of the following?

3. What phase of a child's development is addressed by the author?

4. A child is unable to understand _________________.

5. What is the negative aspect related to the character(s)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between an adult that has no experience with fairy tales and a child who does?

2. Who is Louis MacNeice and what does he say about fairy tales?

3. Bruno Bettelheim quotes Charles Dickens on fairy tales. What does Dickens say?

4. What story does Bettelheim refer to regarding the introduction of duality?

5. How does a child view the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood?

6. What example is used regarding the differentiation between fantasy and reality?

7. When does the oedipal period begin to appear in a child's life?

8. What is the purpose of being able to divide the stepmother's personality into two separate entities?

9. How does Dickens' statement relate to the conflict of allowing children to experience fairy tales?

10. What did Dr. Sigmund Freud think about the purpose behind the story of Oedpius?

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