Gargantua and Pantagruel Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Fifth Book of Pantagruel: Introduction states that this book was published in what year?

2. Ringing Island was once inhabited by Siticines but they were transfigured into what?

3. What did the wife in Panurge's dream put on his head in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Fourteen?

4. What is the name of the hermit who greets Pantagruel's ships in Fifth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter One?

5. The inhabitants of where drink to the health of Pantagruel in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter One?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of marriage in the narrative. What ideals are presented of marriage by the characters? How does this reflect upon their character?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the history of fortune-telling and superstition during the time the novel was written. How much credit was given to soothsayers, oracles, etc. during Rabelais' time?

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