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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 does Panurge talk of having escaped because they wanted to roast him alive in Pantagruel: Chapter Ten?

2. Who among Pantagruel's men has his neck slit in Pantagruel: Chapter Nineteen?

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

4. Who claims that many monks are lazy in Gargantua: Chapter Thirty-eight?

5. What does Gargantua's father ask him to do by letter in Gargantua: Chapter Twenty-six?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is sent to Gargantua in Gargantua: Chapter Fifteen? What does he do with the gift?

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

4. Who does Pantagruel meet in Pantagruel: Chapter Nine? How is this character described?

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

6. What does the Introduction of Pantagruel reveal about the style and time period of the piece?

7. Why is Braggart killed? Who kills him?

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

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

10. What does Gargantua build in Gargantua: Chapter Fifty? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the life and works of Francois Rabelais. What style was the author known for? What formats did he write in other than novels?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Pantagruel and identify the characteristics which make him the protagonist of the novel. What qualities does Pantagruel exhibit?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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