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. Fairy tales also teach that one will be rewarded if one does not attempt to avoid what?

2. It is common for very different personalities to be present in what?

3. When faced with ambivalence, a child must learn to understand which emotion is the most:

4. Fairy tales are often thought to provide what to a child?

5. It is said that fairy tales manage to give children which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Historically speaking, what things most often formed a child's intellect?

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

3. Why are fairy tales important to the development of a child's mind?

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

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

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

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

8. What has often been done to remove violence from fairy tales? What is the result?

9. How does a child learn to deal with problems through fairy tales?

10. Why have some parents and educators outlawed fairy tales?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bettelheim was a child psychologist that specialized in working with autistic children. Examine Bettelheim's career and involvement with autism. How would an autistic child view fairy tales differently than a non-autistic child? What parts of the fairy tale would have the greatest impact on the child?

Essay Topic 2

Some adults have expressed concerns about the lack of reality and truthfulness in fairy tales. Write an essay discussing the level of truth in fairy tales. How does fantasy compare to lying? Why is one preferable to the other? Are they the same thing? How might a child take the fantasy and turn it into a habit of lying? How would it affect the child's life? How would it affect the parents? What stories seen in modern media could be viewed as fantasy and lies?

Essay Topic 3

Study Charles Perrault's version of "Little Red Cap" with the version of "Little Red Riding Hood" made most popular by the Brothers Grimm. Examine how the cultural differences and societal values changed the basic impact of the story. Also examine the two different endings. How does each impact a child on a psychological level? Which is the most beneficial for a child's development? Cite references from psychological journals to back up your opinion.

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