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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. Fairy tales help children to learn how to develop which of the following?

2. Children would have no need for fairy tales if their dreams were _________________.

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

4. What phase of a child's development is addressed by the author?

5. Who believed that fairy tales led the listener to look for a higher sense of self?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is Louis MacNeice and what does he say about fairy tales?

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

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

8. What example is used regarding the differentiation between fantasy and reality?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The history of the Brothers Grimm is somewhat controversial. Write a biography on each brother and his input regarding the collections of fairy tales. Explore the use of plagiarism, copyright infringement, and misrepresentation. Include the contributions of the brothers and how their collections affected their personal and professional lives.

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