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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. Religious parables gave the child a view of all of the following except for which one?

2. An adult may see the relationship between the wolf and the grandmother as _________________.

3. What famous doctor is well known for his studies on that particular character?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Many people find the role of the seven dwarfs peculiar. What does the presence of the dwarfs represent?

2. From what culture did Cinderella originate? What is the most likely reference to the culture?

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

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

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

6. What is the reason that the number three is significant in fairy tales?

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

8. The number three may represent what family relationships?

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

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

Essay 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

Choose one fairy tale from the book and modernize it according to the previous method. You may add in elements rather than subtracting them, as long as they reflect modern society and are appropriate for a child. Explain and change and its intended effect.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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