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. A child is unable to understand _________________.

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

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

4. Both philosophers believed that myth equaled what?

5. What is it called when a person looks for the worst in everything?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When do fairy tales truly begin to make sense to a child?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a beloved fairy tale from your childhood. Dissect the story in the same vein as the stories are analyzed in the book. Examine the various aspects, including metaphors, influences, oedipal references, moral values, psychological implications, and duplicity. Explain each area. Does the dissection change your views on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Bettelheim addresses the "Pleasure Principle Versus Reality Principle." Discuss this principle and its purpose. One tale referred to in the text is the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper. Explain Bettelheim's insights regarding the principle to this particular fable. Also relate the author's thoughts on the principle in relation to The Three Little Pigs. Compare and contrast the two stories and how the principle applies to each. Which is most effective?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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