The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Test | Final 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. As a result, the child may feel no need to share in:

2. Bettelheim believes that the moral in the early version is ________.

3. What is expected of the mother in this situation?

4. What is the underlying moral in this story?

5. Who supposedly wrote the original version of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which parts of the mind are addressed? Who studied this concept?

2. What do the children gain from their ordeal with the witch?

3. What is the name and crux of the original tale regarding Jack and the Beanstalk?

4. How does Bettelheim separate the Oedipus Complex between boys and girls?

5. What is the main difference in Perrault's version?

6. What is ironic about outlawing fairy tales and the attitudes of the Victorian age?

7. Why do some cultures insist on outlawing fairy tales?

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

9. The number three may represent what family relationships?

10. Why is the mother seen as the villain in the story even though both parents have agreed on a solution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Study Charles Perrault's version of "Little Red Cap" with the version of "Little Red Riding Hood" made most popular by the Brothers Grimm. Examine how the cultural differences and societal values changed the basic impact of the story. Also examine the two different endings. How does each impact a child on a psychological level? Which is the most beneficial for a child's development? Cite references from psychological journals to back up your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Although the Oedipus Complex is often thought to be purely sexual, Bettelheim asserts that this is not true. Explain the difference between the girls' and boys' views regarding this complex in relation to the father figure. How is the father viewed and treated by boys and girls? What is the major difference? How is a father most likely to respond to each? How might you respond in a similar situation? What is the best way to handle this phase of a child's life?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one fairy tale from the book and modernize it according to the previous method. You may add in elements rather than subtracting them, as long as they reflect modern society and are appropriate for a child. Explain and change and its intended effect.

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