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The Macabre and Magical: Grimm's Fairy Tales Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Austria

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?

  • 1804
  • 1812
  • 1818

How many fairy tales were in the collection?

  • 43
  • 65
  • 86

How many stories were in the second collection, which was published in 1815?

  • 70
  • 87
  • 107

Which edition of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" is best known today?

  • third
  • fifth
  • seventh

About how many of the tales were deleted or almost completely changed between the first and seventh editions?

  • 15
  • 30
  • 45

When was the first English translation of the first edition published?

  • 1952
  • 1985
  • 2014

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>"?

  • &quot;Cinderella&quot;
  • &quot;Pinocchio&quot;
  • &quot;Rumpelstiltskin&quot;

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?

  • &quot;Death and the Goose Keeper&quot;
  • &quot;The Fox and the Geese&quot;
  • &quot;The Goose Girl&quot;

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"?

  • &quot;The Girl Without Hands&quot;
  • &quot;The Robber Bridegroom&quot;
  • &quot;Sweetheart Roland&quot;

In the original version of "Rapunzel," what do Rapunzel and the prince do during their "merry time" in the tower?

  • dance
  • 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?

  • yes
  • no

Does he ever see Rapunzel again?

  • yes
  • no

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?

  • mice
  • pigeons
  • horses

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.