<strong>By Evan Derrick</strong><br /><br />Fairy tales are almost as old as time; some date back as far as the dark ages, some even further. Popular classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White are ingrained in our social consciousness, but where did they come from? And how have they changed over the years? Take this quiz and learn the origins of some our most enduring fables. <br />

In the earliest published version of Little Red Riding Hood:

The earliest published version was “Le Petit Chaperon Rouge,” written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault allowed the wolf to win because he intended the story as a cautionary tale for young girls, saying, “From this story one learns that children, especially young lasses, pretty, courteous and well-bred, do very wrong to listen to strangers.”

The seven dwarfs from “Snow White” were first given names in a 1912 stage play. What were they?

Although the animated movie was based on the 1912 stage play, the dwarfs names were changed in order to reflect their different personalities. The film, which was initially projected to cost $250,000 to make, ended up costing $1.48 million, an astronomical sum for a film in 1937.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (famously known as the Brothers Grimm) began collecting folktales in 1806. Which of the following is true of them?

Due to the fact that their book was titled “Children’s and Household Tales,” the brothers received much criticism about the dark and violent content in many of the tales. The seventh edition, published in 1857, removed many of the more graphic elements.

The original Cinderella story was much different from the Disney version. Which of the following is true of the original fairy tale?

Disney made sweeping revisions to the original tale for very obvious reasons.

In the original story, published in 1697 by Charles Perrault, what was Little Red Riding Hood’s actual name?

From the text: “ONE day, her mother having made some custards, said to her, Go my little Biddy, for her Christian name was Biddy, go and see how your grandmother does.”

Modern versions of “The Frog Prince” have the frog transforming when the princess gives him a single kiss. In the original story, the frog transform when the princess:

Throwing a creature against the wall was a common method to undo shapeshifting magic in early fairy tales, and not even the most violent way. In other tales, the heroine must decapitate the frog in order to reverse the spell.

In the original fairy tale, Rapunzel is named after what?

It is said that “rapunzel” is the name given to a variety of radish indigenous to the area where the Grimm brothers first heard the story.

In the first book published by the Brothers Grimm, which of the following is NOT a fairy tale that was included?

“The Princess and the Pea” was originally written by Hans Christian Anderson in 1835, likely based off a Swedish folktale he had heard in his youth.

In the earliest versions of “Little Red Riding Hood,” who eats the grandmother?

The earliest known version was told orally by French peasants in the 14th century. While the antagonist was not always a wolf (it was sometimes an ogre), the villain usually left the grandmother’s blood and meat out, tricking the little girl into eating it (I know, gross. There's a reason why most fairy tales have been changed).

In addition to their work collecting German folktales, the Brothers Grimm were also accomplished:

The brothers, especially Jacob, were interested in philology, the study of how sounds in words shift over time. “Grimms Law,” named after Jacob, was a significant landmark of in the development of linguistics.

In “Rumpelstiltskin,” a princess must discover an evil dwarf’s name or else forfeit her firstborn. The ending of the story, however, has changed dramatically over time. Which of the following is NOT a way in which the tale has ended?

Rumpelstiltskin has appeared in fairy tales worldwide under different names: Tom Tit Tot in England, Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, and Ootz-li Gootz-li in Israel. He has never, however, turned into a goat and engaged in self-immolation.

“Thumbling,” the fairy tale predecessor to “Tom Thumb,” is about a tiny boy no bigger than a thumb. In the original tales, which of the following creatures does NOT eat him?

Thumbling spends a lot of time in the stomachs of animals, but was spared being consumed by a human baby. He must have built up a tremendous immunity to stomach acid.

An enchantress turns a prince into a hideous monster in “Beauty and the Beast.” In the original story, what was the reason for the spell?

The first written version was published in France in 1740 and included a host of details that were later omitted, such as Belle really being a princess (rather than a merchant’s daughter), the wicked enchantress attempting to murder Belle, and the enchantress’s attempts to woo the prince.
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