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 time period is referred to in this section?

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

3. What is the underlying main topic of the story involving Jack?

4. Children are most likely to express these new feelings in what way?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 do the children gain from their ordeal with the witch?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of information provided regarding the Oedipus Complex. Discuss the indications of this psychological issue as it applies to girls, boys, and parents. Discuss the length of the phase and if a child ever "grows out" of it. Also compare and contrast the opinions of Freud, Jung and Bettelheim regarding the topic. State your opinion on the work and beliefs of each man.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one fairy tale from the book and modernize it according to the previous method. You may add in elements rather than subtracting them, as long as they reflect modern society and are appropriate for a child. Explain and change and its intended effect.

Essay Topic 3

Although the Oedipus Complex is often thought to be purely sexual, Bettelheim asserts that this is not true. Explain the difference between the girls' and boys' views regarding this complex in relation to the father figure. How is the father viewed and treated by boys and girls? What is the major difference? How is a father most likely to respond to each? How might you respond in a similar situation? What is the best way to handle this phase of a child's life?

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