The Dark Fairy Tales Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

In the original tale, the Little Mermaid suffers how?

No cute little stumbles — the Little Mermaid feels excruciating pain when she walks.

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Cinderella's stepsisters get what comeuppance at the end of the Grimms' version of the fairy tale?

Pigeons peck out their eyes.

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How does the Evil Queen die in the Grimm version of Snow White?

It's a little bit complicated as a plot device, but yes — the Queen is made to wear searing hot shoes and dance in them all night until she expires.

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Rapunzel's prince suffers what fate in the Grimm version?

He falls on thorns that blind him, which is apparently a popular fairy tale punishment.

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What character gets kidnapped, sentenced to prison and beat up in their fairy tale?

It's hard out there for a puppet.

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What lessons does one reading of "Little Red Riding Hood" mean to teach?

"Wolf" being a metaphor for licentious young men.

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In the Grimm version of "Little Red Riding Hood," what happens at the end?

And two days later, Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma are NOT fooled when another wolf tries the same trick.

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What does the Evil Queen do with (what she thinks is) Snow White's heart?

It's actually the boar the Huntsman killed so. . .yay?

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How does the Prince find Rapunzel at the end of the Grimm version?

So basically a single, starving mother's baby daddy finally shows up, and we're all supposed to sigh happily. Harrumph.

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In "Pinocchio," Geppetto:

Beware the person who calls him "Polendina," (or cornmeal mush) for the color of his yellow wig.

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What does Cinderella's stepmother make one daughter do in Cinderella?

The plan ultimately fails.

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Just a refresher: What does Rumpelstiltskin want from the miller's daughter?

But the joke will be on him when he realizes that infants sleep roughly an hour and half at a time.

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How does the Sea Witch take the Little Mermaid's voice?

No magic involved, just a sharp knife.

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In Hans Christian Anderson's original telling of "The Snow Queen," who is kidnapped by the queen?

Little Kay is stolen by the queen, but his sister Gerda melts the ice that creeps into his heart and body.

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Charles Perrault wrote a fairy tale called "Blue Beard," wherein a wife is punished for what?

The evil Blue Beard tells his wife not to go into a small closet, but she does — and he attempts to murder her for the transgression.

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Perrault also wrote a tale called "Donkey-Skin," which featured what extremely dark plot point?

A mad king is desperate to marry his daughter.

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We won't leave you hanging — what does the "donkey skin" in the title refer to?

Whenever you need to hide your unbelievable beauty, just slip on some donkey skin and everyone, it seems, will instantly believe you're a peasant.

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What happens at the end of "The Little Mermaid"?

Basically, the prince marries some other broad and the Little Mermaid MAYBE gets to not die.

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In Grimm's tale of "Sleeping Beauty," who informs the Queen that she shall have a daughter within the year?

The frog makes no more appearances, so it's what we call an "undeserved" plot point, ultimately.

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In Grimm's tale, why were Hansel and Gretel lost in the woods in the first place?

Too many mouths to feed, so Hansel and Gretel's dad and stepmom leave them in the woods.

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How does Gretel trick the old witch?

While Hansel is locked away faking fattening with a chicken bone, Gretel pushes the old witch into the fire.

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Who else dies at the end of Hansel and Gretel?

Take that, stepmom.

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Why does the Beast get so angry at Beauty's father in the original fairy tale?

And it's all Beauty's fault, because she asked for a rose as a memento of her father's journey.

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Beauty also has some rude sisters in the original. What happens to them?

The Beast (now prince) also makes them retain "reason," so they're fully aware of how miserable it is to be a statue.

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In a traditional telling of "The Three Little Pigs," what comeuppance does the wolf get?

The wolf climbs down the chimney to a boiling pot of water, where he's cooked for dinner.

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In Perrault's version of "Sleeping Beauty," the story doesn't end with the princess waking up. What other obstacle must be maneuvered to live happily ever after?

Don't worry! The evil mother-in-law (who came from a family of ogres) dies in the end.

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In the Grimm's "The Frog Prince," the frog demands what for granting a favor?

Which is something you can only nicely ask, not demand.

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In the version, how does the princess turn the frog into a prince?

Not as sweet as a kiss, that's for sure.

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What is the Grimm's "The Rabbit's Bride" about?

She tricks the rabbit into believing he killed her and runs away, so that's nice.

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How does Pinocchio treat the Talking Cricket in the fairy tale?

He kills the cricket with a hammer. Good night, kids!

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Once upon a time, you took a quiz that told of stepsisters that dripped blood, cannibal queens and bludgeoned frogs. Welcome, my pretty, to the Dark Fairy Tales Quiz. Don't read these stories before bed.

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