The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who speaks to the fisherman?

2. Stories may also help children deal with what kind of family situation?

3. During this phase, a child often tends to feel what?

4. What story does the little girl relate to her mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is a supreme being or other force worked into fairy tales?

2. Explain the difference of fairy tales in various cultures. Are they all considered to be fairy tales?

3. Fairy tales encourage the belief that there is always something waiting at the end of the story. What is it? Why is it given?

4. Why were these things used? What did they teach to children?

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

6. What are the two developmental crises referred to by the author?

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

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

9. What use do fairy tales have in the life of a child?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the origins of fairy tales as presented in the book. When was the majority of the tales created? Where? By whom were the stories written? Was there one culture responsible for most or all of them? Explain. How can the origin be proven? Also explore the use of oral tradition in storytelling in various cultures and eras.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the purpose and use of fairy tales in these areas of development in a child's life such as intellect, family relationships, social interaction, skill sets, fantasizing, autonomy, and maturity. Write a 250-word essay on each item and give examples and references to the stories used in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Benevolence is one recurring subject in the text. The author discussed how many characters and fairy tales lead a child to believe that there is always a benevolent force that will come to his aid. Additionally, it is through strength, fortitude and perhaps the intervention of a benevolent force that allows the hero to prevail and for the characters live happily ever after. Discuss benevolence. What could be seen as a benevolent force in your life? What are the moral and religious connotations involved in the presence of a benevolent force? How might it affect a child without a spiritual or religious upbringing? Would it be as effective? Does the presence of a benevolent force in the story bring hope or unrealistic expectations?

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