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

2. It was predicted that Oedipus would kill who?

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

4. A person's dreams are typically formed on what level?

5. What is the negative aspect related to the character(s)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Fairy tales encourage the belief that there is always something waiting at the end of the story. What is it? Why is it given?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of information provided regarding the Oedipus Complex. Discuss the indications of this psychological issue as it applies to girls, boys, and parents. Discuss the length of the phase and if a child ever "grows out" of it. Also compare and contrast the opinions of Freud, Jung and Bettelheim regarding the topic. State your opinion on the work and beliefs of each man.

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

Explain the process of altering and simplifying fairy tales. Who decided the standard by which the fairy tales should be changed? What were the moral and psychological requirements?

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