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 is the underlying moral in this story?

2. Separation may also cause what kind of emotions in a child?

3. In the case of the boy, his goal is to get what from his mother?

4. Others believe that telling and supporting fairy tales may encourage a child to do what?

5. Who often comes out as the person in the best light according to the complex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the underlying moral of the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research and find an ancient myth of your choice. Convert the myth into a modern day fairy tale. Use Tolkien's outline for creating a successful story as well as Bettelheim's additions to the outline. What are the biggest changes that will need to be made? Which are the easiest? Which are the most difficult? How did the story change?

Essay Topic 2

Benevolence is one recurring subject in the text. The author discussed how many characters and fairy tales lead a child to believe that there is always a benevolent force that will come to his aid. Additionally, it is through strength, fortitude and perhaps the intervention of a benevolent force that allows the hero to prevail and for the characters live happily ever after. Discuss benevolence. What could be seen as a benevolent force in your life? What are the moral and religious connotations involved in the presence of a benevolent force? How might it affect a child without a spiritual or religious upbringing? Would it be as effective? Does the presence of a benevolent force in the story bring hope or unrealistic expectations?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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