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

2. The youngest sibling may be portrayed as what?

3. What is the original title of Jack and the Beanstalk?

4. Who lives at the particular dwelling?

5. In the end, what did the characters take as a prize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the underlying moral of the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the process of altering and simplifying fairy tales. Who decided the standard by which the fairy tales should be changed? What were the moral and psychological requirements?

Essay Topic 2

Although some cultures find little if any difference between myths, fables, fairy tales, and religious parables, the author points out the differences. Compare and contrast these types of stories and how they affect various cultures.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the purpose and use of fairy tales in these areas of development in a child's life such as intellect, family relationships, social interaction, skill sets, fantasizing, autonomy, and maturity. Write a 250-word essay on each item and give examples and references to the stories used in the book.

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