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. What item is used to guide the characters to where they need to be?

2. Where are the main characters sent as a solution?

3. Supporters of fairy tales also state that ____ in fairy tales help children express a side of their personality that may not otherwise be explored.

4. As a result, the child may feel no need to share in:

5. The father may be portrayed as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The number three may represent what family relationships?

3. What is different about the existence of the targeted parent in the boy's story?

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

5. Explain the opinions of psychoanalysts in regards to fairy tales and violence.

6. Others object to the immersion in a world of fantasy. Why?

7. Describe the realistic beginning of "Hansel and Gretel."

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

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

10. What examples are given by Bettelheim in regards to oral fixation and the two stories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Examine the origins of fairy tales as presented in the book. When was the majority of the tales created? Where? By whom were the stories written? Was there one culture responsible for most or all of them? Explain. How can the origin be proven? Also explore the use of oral tradition in storytelling in various cultures and eras.

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