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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. These stories will often force the child to face what kind of crises?

2. The monsters or evil people in the stories always finish the story as _________________.

3. At what age do fairy tales begin to have real meaning for a child?

4. What poet is referred to regarding the previous statement?

5. As a general rule, characters in fairy tales tend to be:

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dickens' statement relate to the conflict of allowing children to experience fairy tales?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Some adults have expressed concerns about the lack of reality and truthfulness in fairy tales. Write an essay discussing the level of truth in fairy tales. How does fantasy compare to lying? Why is one preferable to the other? Are they the same thing? How might a child take the fantasy and turn it into a habit of lying? How would it affect the child's life? How would it affect the parents? What stories seen in modern media could be viewed as fantasy and lies?

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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