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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the underlying moral in this story?

2. As a general rule, every child believes in ______ on some level.

3. The father may be portrayed as what?

4. In the story who is the wolf's basic enemy?

5. What psychological complex is referred to in this section?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Some cultures have chosen to outlaw fairy tales. Give a list of which cultures are most well known for this practice. Who outlawed the stories? Is it legal? Could it happen in the United States? Explain. Under what circumstances and authority were the stories banned? Which was the most famous one banned or changed according to this school of thought? How did parents and educators react? How would you react?

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

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.

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