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. Many people believe that the reference is purely _________________.

2. In the story who is the wolf's basic enemy?

3. One objection to fairy tales is that they are not ____________.

4. What activity causes the Queen to die?

5. Bettelheim states that the forest represents what in the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. The number three may represent what family relationships?

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

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

6. Why do some people object to fairy tales in relation to reality?

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

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

9. What is the moral involved with the children eating the gingerbread house?

10. What is the result of this change? How do the children view their mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bettelheim addresses the "Pleasure Principle Versus Reality Principle." Discuss this principle and its purpose. One tale referred to in the text is the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper. Explain Bettelheim's insights regarding the principle to this particular fable. Also relate the author's thoughts on the principle in relation to The Three Little Pigs. Compare and contrast the two stories and how the principle applies to each. Which is most effective?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The section "Fairy Tale Versus Myth" carries the subtitle "Optimism Versus Pessimism." What is discussed in this section? What two great philosophers weighed in on the topic? What is the difference between myths today and in that era? Explain how the men viewed myths. How did myth tie into wisdom in the eyes of a child? How is the concept of humanity explored? What is the general opinion of psychologists on this topic? How do their opinions. Compare to those belonging to the philosophers?

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