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 the story, what is the underlying issue between Jack and his father?

2. What number is significant in fairy tales?

3. The youngest sibling may be portrayed as what?

4. What action might a child take to express displeasure in a new situation?

5. Regardless of the gender the entire complex really revolves around which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. The number three may represent what family relationships?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some parents are concerned that a child will become so intrigued with fairy tales that he will begin to believe in and dabble in the magic arts. Discuss the magic arts as they apply to fairy tales. What are magic arts? What might a child want to try? Is any one of the arts dangerous? How might it go against a family's structure or moral code? Have you ever dabbled in the magic arts? Explain. Which magic arts would be most commonly investigated by a curious child? What do you think would happen?

Essay Topic 2

Bettelheim was a child psychologist that specialized in working with autistic children. Examine Bettelheim's career and involvement with autism. How would an autistic child view fairy tales differently than a non-autistic child? What parts of the fairy tale would have the greatest impact on the child?

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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