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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. Gargantua's countrymen get into a dispute with the bakers of where in Gargantua: Chapter Twenty-three?

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

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

4. Who does Pantagruel assign the castellany of Salmagundi in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Two?

5. Who insists in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Five that there would be harmony in a world where all men are both debtors and borrowers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the subject of Gargantua: Chapters One through Five? What is suggested by Gargamelle's pregnancy?

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

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

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

6. Why is Braggart killed? Who kills him?

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

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

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

10. What did Rabelais write in his "Pantagrueline Prognostication for 1533"? What did he assure the reader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss astrology and astronomy in the sixteenth century and how these are reflected in the novels of the collection. How much regard was given to astrologers during this time?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting of "Pantagruel". During what time period does the story take place? How realistic are the locations and the people of the narrative?

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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