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. In Little Red Riding Hood, what is the most significant change from the older version to the new version?

2. What philosophical and religious event also happens in that version?

3. The youngest sibling may be portrayed as what?

4. What animal had more sense than the main character(s) in the story?

5. What causes the Wicked Queen's downfall at the end of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hansel exhibit denial when going into the forest?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the reason that the number three is significant in fairy tales?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many fairy tales have sexual connotations. This involves everything from the oedipal influence to the avoidance of temptation and compromising situations through to preparing a child for puberty and eventual adulthood. Write a 1000-word essay on the use of sexual connotations in fairy tales. What is considered to be helpful? What might be harmful? What might be considered to be inappropriate? Use examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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