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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 is the first story referred to by the Brothers Grimm?

2. Both philosophers believed that myth equaled what?

3. What types of issues are most often addressed in fairy tales?

4. The outcome of the story depends fully on what in regards to the character?

5. Regardless of the content of the story, what two cultures call all such stories fairy tales?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first attempt made on Snow White's life?

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

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

4. Why do some cultures insist on outlawing fairy tales?

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

6. What examples are given by Bettelheim in regards to oral fixation and the two stories?

7. Others object to the immersion in a world of fantasy. Why?

8. What is the only logical way a child can resolve conflict?

9. What is the basis of each version of Little Red Riding Hood? What is the main difference?

10. Why does Bettelheim say that fairy tales are meant to be told, not read?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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