Gargantua and Pantagruel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many generations of Pantagruel's genealogy are described in Pantagruel: Chapter One?

2. In Gargantua: Chapter Thirty-one, le Comte Spandassaino and Captain Squirt use what to convince Picrochole to attack the cities and fortresses of Utopia?

3. What does Panurge cease to wear in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Seven?

4. Whose reputation grows after winning the dispute against the Englishman in Pantagruel: Chapter Fourteen?

5. What does Gargantua's mother eat a lot of during her pregnancy in Gargantua: Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Gargantua's childhood described in Gargantua: Chapter Ten?

2. Why is Braggart killed? Who kills him?

3. Who attempts to get back the bells of Notre Dame in Gargantua: Chapter Eighteen? What is Gargantua's response?

4. When does Gargantua leave Paris? Where does he go?

5. What land does Pantagruel subdue in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter One? Who does he give Salmaguni to?

6. When was Gargantua written? What does To Readers suggest about the text?

7. Who comes to test Pantagruel in Pantagruel: Chapter Thirteen? What happens?

8. What does Pantagruel think of Panurge at the onset of their friendship? How does the narrator describe Panurge in Pantagruel: Chapter Twelve?

9. Who does Pantagruel challenge to combat in Pantagruel: Chapter Nineteen? What is the conclusion of the battle?

10. Who does Panurge attempt to seduce in Pantagruel: Chapter Fourteen? What is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Panurge in the narrative. What role does Panurge play to Pantagruel's protagonist role? What qualities does the character exhibit?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the allusions to Virgil, Lucian, Plato and Cicero in the narrative. Why does Pantagruel suggest Panurge refer to Virgil for his answer about marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Define the literary element of "theme." How is the theme of education manifested in "Gargantua"? What position does Rabelais take on education in the narrative?

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