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

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

3. The fisherman is called upon to use ______ to get out of a bad situation.

4. What is it called when a story is told to one generation and then another?

5. What is the first fairy tale mentioned in this section?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What type of character is often seen as the representation of good versus evil?

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

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

9. What is the general rule of continuity in a fairy tale? Why is it important?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Fairy tales are notorious for their happy endings where the evil are punished and the virtuous are rewarded. Why is it necessary for there to be a "happily ever after?" What exactly is "happily ever after?" Is it a realistic or fanciful concept? Why do other fanciful stories purposely have tragic endings? How does the happy ending affect a child's personality? How do the endings typically infiltrate the child's dream life? What might happen if a story did not have a happy ending? Explain.

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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