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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. In Pantagruel: Chapter Twenty-two, the people of Dipsodes surrender to Pantagruel, except for whom?

2. Pantagruel refuses the offer given to him in Pantagruel: Chapter Ten because he believes such offices are like what?

3. Who brings an action against the Sorbonnists in court in Gargantua: Chapter Nineteen?

4. How many knights approach Pantagruel's vessel in Pantagruel: Chapter Sixteen?

5. Gargantua: Introduction informs that this is the first known edition of "Gargantua" and was written early in what year?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When was the Fifth Book of Pantagruel published? What is said about it in the Introductions and Prologue?

3. Who discusses the Decretals with Pantagruel? What is related of them?

4. Who does Pantagruel convince Panurge to see in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Nineteen?

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

6. Who is the character of Catty-Claws? What riddle does he ask?

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

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

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

10. What ship arrives in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Three? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the critical and public response of "Pantagruel". What does Rabelais write in his introductions to "Gargantua" that implies the first novel was controversial? Was it?

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

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

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