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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. Stories may also help children deal with what kind of family situation?

2. What does the fisherman find in his net?

3. In the example, where does the child live?

4. What do the Germans call their version of myths?

5. The child must resign the story so s/he can go where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What did Dr. Sigmund Freud think about the purpose behind the story of Oedpius?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although some cultures find little if any difference between myths, fables, fairy tales, and religious parables, the author points out the differences. Compare and contrast these types of stories and how they affect various cultures.

Essay Topic 2

Research and find an ancient myth of your choice. Convert the myth into a modern day fairy tale. Use Tolkien's outline for creating a successful story as well as Bettelheim's additions to the outline. What are the biggest changes that will need to be made? Which are the easiest? Which are the most difficult? How did the story change?

Essay Topic 3

Benevolence is one recurring subject in the text. The author discussed how many characters and fairy tales lead a child to believe that there is always a benevolent force that will come to his aid. Additionally, it is through strength, fortitude and perhaps the intervention of a benevolent force that allows the hero to prevail and for the characters live happily ever after. Discuss benevolence. What could be seen as a benevolent force in your life? What are the moral and religious connotations involved in the presence of a benevolent force? How might it affect a child without a spiritual or religious upbringing? Would it be as effective? Does the presence of a benevolent force in the story bring hope or unrealistic expectations?

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