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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. What is another word that means the same as kind?

2. What is the first story referred to by the Brothers Grimm?

3. One or more of the main characters is related to which food?

4. The child learns how to separate what two aspects of the personality?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the basis of each version of Little Red Riding Hood? What is the main difference?

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

6. Who appears as the representation of Snow White's father?

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

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

9. What is the only logical way a child can resolve conflict?

10. What did the birds know about the situation that the children did not?

Essay 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

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 3

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?

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