Class Consciousness

Stephen W. Potts

LTWL 114, Quiz 2

LTWL 114, Children’s Literature

Quiz Two

As before, select two of the following questions and answer them in 400 words each. In order to receive full credit (five points for each answer), you must include relevant direct quotations from the stories (though you don’t need author and page citations). Don’t try to turn your answers into five-paragraph essays; get right to the points and examples.

  1. How does Kipling reflect the Darwinistic, developmental, and imperialist theories of his time in The Jungle Book? You may of course focus on the Mowgli stories, but cite at least one of the non-Mowgli stories too.
  2. In his introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum asserts that his story is a modern American fairy tale, without the morality, cruelty, and conventional creatures of Grimm and Andersen. What elements make the story “modern” and American? Despite his stated intention, does it have a moral?
  3. In Peter Pan Barrie suggests some ambivalence over his era’s social construction of men, women, and children. Through the main characters, show how he contrasts the roles of male and female, child and adult.

About swpotts

Author, editor, lecturer. In print since 1982, and recently retired after 40 years of university teaching, 33 of them at UC San Diego.

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