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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. Third Book of Pantagruel: Introduction states that the humanist type of this book was published in what year?

3. What is the name of Gargantua's mother?

4. What is made for Gargantua in Gargantua: Chapter Eleven?

5. What man with a Germanic tongue does Pantagruel meet in Pantagruel: Chapter Nine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who does Gargantua accidentally swallow in Gargantua: Chapter Thirty-six?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting and characters established in the Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapters One through Five. Where is Thalasse located? Where is Medamothi? Who does Pantagruel meet there?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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