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Watch the video Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner and answer the reading and listening comprehension questions created by T. Naves ([email protected])
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Marina Warner summarises the ten most important features of fairy tales. Marina Warner's award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Once Upon a Time (OUP, 2014) Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (OUP, 1976; re-issued 2013), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (Vintage, 2012), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (Vintage, 1998). Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds were published in 2001 by OUP; her essays on literature and culture were collected in Signs & Wonders (Vintage, 2000), and Phantasmagoria, a study of spirits and technology, appeared in 2006 (OUP). In 2015 she was awarded the Holberg Prize, and in 2013 she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.
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4 minutes 1 second
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Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
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Listening comprehension
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Pre-intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1), Upper-intermediate (B2)
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High schoolers
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1. Unmix the sentence.
story with
2. Unmix the sentence.
3. Choose the correct options.
What is Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare?
It's a fairy tale play
It's a fairy tale for children
4. Guess the end.
Why do you think she says tat a fairy tale often imagines a previous teller?
5. Guess the end.
Fairy tales are written in a shared language of symbols and images, like enchanted castles. Can you think of any further examples?
6. Match the two halves.
that sing or enchanted castles
a red apple
that might be poisoned
blood falling on
the snow
7. Guess the end.
The fairy tale can enter very dark places, mothers die at the beginning of fairy tales. What other examples can you think of?
8. Match the two halves.
murder people
can fight
are cruel
mothers die
at the beginning
9. Fill the gap.
And it has made them afor many people to return to to look at how we can cope with the tests thatpresents us with
10. Fill the gap.
Fairytales are not any mobile between cultures and across time but between
11. Choose the correct options.
What we remember most from fhe first fairy tales we heard?
The telling
The voices
The pictures
12. Choose the correct options.
Fairy tales travel through story telling, books and most importantly through performed media. What is performed media?
Audio books
Illustrated books
13. Choose the correct options.
Which Disney movie is one of the most watched films in the world?
Snow White
Red Riding Hood
Sleepy Beaty
14. Guess the end.
What is one of the most characteristcs of fairy tales?
15. Choose the correct options.
What is the main purpose of supernatural feature in fairy tales?
To give readers hope
To provide fun
16. Choose the correct options.
The end of the story holds out conservation that whatever horros have been described, there are going to come to an end.
There is going to be a happy ending
There is going to be an open ending
17. Choose the correct options.
Are chidren aware that the wolrd in fairy tales is a made-up world, where everything can happen because it's been invented?
Yes, they are aware it's a made-up world
No, they are not aware it's a made-up world
18. Guess the end.
What does Marian Warner mean when she says that it does not command the deep commitment of belief. What does it refere to?
19. Guess the end.
The heroes and heroines overcome their destinies, which are usually terrible. Can you think of any examples?
20. Guess the end.
What two fairy tales does she refer to?
21. Guess the end.
There is a spirit of heroism in the humor of the tale. Do you agree? Why, why not?
22. Guess the end.
"And very often a fairy tale will undercut itself at the very end." Think of endings in fairy tales. What do you think Marian Warner means?
23. Choose the correct options.
What is the very conventional ending of a fairy tale?
They all lived happy (and content) ever after
Their happiness did not last
They suffered and struggled for decades
They all lived sad and miserable ever after
24. Guess the end.
What does Marian Warner mean when she says that while fairy tales end with people living happy ever after we are here pickinc up our teeth?
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