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. Who addresses Gargantua to explain the importance of the bells in Gargantua: Chapter Eighteen?

2. What does Pantagruel's father compose for Pantagruel's mother after his birth?

3. Pantagruel: Dixain was written by whom?

4. What position is offered to Pantagruel in Pantagruel: Chapter Ten?

5. What does Pantagruel intend to have a look at with his friend in Pantagruel: Chapter Eleven?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does King Picrochole do for revenge in Gargantua: Chapter Forty?

3. What does Gargantua attempt to devote himself to in Gargantua: Chapter Twenty? Who assists him?

4. What does Pantagruel send the prisoner with to the king in Pantagruel: Chapter Eighteen? What does the king do?

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

6. What dispute arises in Garganua's homeland in Gargantua: Chapter Twenty-three? Who begins an attack?

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

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

9. To whom is Pantagruel compared in Pantagruel: Chapter Ten? What office is offered him and why does he refuse it?

10. Where is Pantagruel sent in Pantagruel: Chapter Five? What are his impressions of study?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the war which erupts between Lerne and Utopia, and the characters of King Picrochole, and Frere Jean. In what ways is Rabelais satirizing Christianity through the character of Frere Jean?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the the central character of Gargantua. How does Gargantua's childhood relate to the character of Pantagruel's? How are the characters similar and different?

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