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 number is significant in fairy tales?

2. How many bags of gold does Jack take from the ogre's castle?

3. The mind of a child is not set up to understand what?

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

5. The moral of the story, particularly in the first version, is ________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. The number three may represent what family relationships?

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

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

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

8. How does Hansel exhibit denial when going into the forest?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some adults have expressed concerns about the lack of reality and truthfulness in fairy tales. Write an essay discussing the level of truth in fairy tales. How does fantasy compare to lying? Why is one preferable to the other? Are they the same thing? How might a child take the fantasy and turn it into a habit of lying? How would it affect the child's life? How would it affect the parents? What stories seen in modern media could be viewed as fantasy and lies?

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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