The Macabre and Magical: Grimm's Fairy Tales Quiz
The original Grimm fairy tales are a far cry from the happily-ever-after versions you grew up with. Test your knowledge of the downright disturbing tales from the brothers Grimm.
Who were the Grimm brothers?
- Lars and Johan
- Jacob and Wilhelm
- Friedrich and Anton
Where were they from?
What was a formative turning point in the brothers' lives?
- Their home burned down.
- Their father died.
- Their sister was kidnapped.
What was the name of the Grimms' first collection of fairy tales?
- "Tales for Children and Parents"
- "Folklore for the Nursery"
- "Nursery and Household Tales"
When was "Nursery and Household Tales" published?
How many fairy tales were in the collection?
How many stories were in the second collection, which was published in 1815?
Which edition of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" is best known today?
About how many of the tales were deleted or almost completely changed between the first and seventh editions?
When was the first English translation of the first edition published?
In which deleted tale does a mother say to her children, "I've got to kill you so I can have something to eat"?
- "The Children of Famine"
- "The Burial Shirt"
- "Lean Lisa"
In which tale does a stepmother chop off the head of her stepson?
- "Faithful John"
- "Mary's Child"
- "The Juniper Tree"
And then what happens?
- The father throws up when he realizes what he's eaten, and the boy is resurrected.
- The boy's sister finds out and hangs the stepmother from a tree.
- The boy reappears as a bird and kills the stepmother by dropping a stone on her head.
In which tale does a father make tiny coffins with pillows for his sons?
- "The Twelve Brothers"
- "The Seven Ravens"
- "The Singing Bone"
What's the modern name of the Grimm tale "<i>Aschenputtel</i>"?
Which group used the Grimm tales as propaganda in the 20th century?
- the suffrage movement
- the Communist Party
- the Nazis
In "Rumpelstiltskin," the titular character turns a poor girl into a queen in exchange for what?
- her hand in marriage
- her firstborn son
- a lock of her hair
In which tale is a naked servant rolled down the street in a barrel lined with nails?
- "Death and the Goose Keeper"
- "The Fox and the Geese"
- "The Goose Girl"
In the original "The Frog Prince," what does the princess do to the frog instead of kissing him?
- throws him against a wall
- steps on him
- drowns him
In which tale does a gang of men abduct a woman and chop "her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkle them with salt"?
- "The Girl Without Hands"
- "The Robber Bridegroom"
- "Sweetheart Roland"
In the original version of "Rapunzel," what do Rapunzel and the prince do during their "merry time" in the tower?
- have sex
- chop up small children
And then what happens to the prince when Mother Gothel confronts him about it?
- She cuts off his head.
- He is blinded.
- He falls to his death from the tower.
Does he ever encounter Rapunzel again?
Does he ever see Rapunzel again?
In the original Grimm "Cinderella," how do the stepsisters try to make the glass slipper fit?
- They bind their feet in bandages.
- They dip their feet in poison that makes them shrivel.
- They slice off pieces of their feet.
What creatures notify the prince about the stepsister's bloody feet?
In the original "Snow White," which parts of Snow White does the evil queen express a desire to eat?
- kidneys and spleen
- brain and heart
- lungs and liver
How does the evil queen die?
- She's tricked into wearing a pair of burning-hot iron shoes.
- The dwarves lure her into the mine and bury her alive.
- Snow White chases her off a cliff.
In the original "Little Red Riding Hood," whom does the wolf eat?
- Little Red Riding Hood
- the grandmother
- both of them
In the original "Rumpelstiltskin," how does Rumpelstiltskin die?
- He's eaten by a dragon.
- He turns into a ball of fire.
- He's torn in two.