Gargantua and Pantagruel Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. The Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Introduction states that this book was written in what year?

2. Who rules the Island of Cheli in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Ten?

3. The hairy tribe of Procureers and Chicanous earn their living how?

4. What does Pantagruel interpret Panurge's dream to mean in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Fourteen?

5. The Fifth Book of Pantagruel: Introduction states that this book was published how many years after Rabelais' death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Pantagruel in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter One? Where does he depart?

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

3. Where does Pantagruel land in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Thirty-five? What does he see there?

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

5. Who does Panurge buy a sheep from in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Six? What incident follows?

6. What do Pantagruel and his men find on the Island of Papefigues?

7. Where does Pantagruel set out in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapters Twenty-eight through Thirty?

8. What does Panurge decipher from his dreams in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Fourteen? How does Pantagruel interpret the dream?

9. With whom does Pantagruel almost fight in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Five? What happens?

10. When was the Fourth Book of Pantagruel written? What introductions precede it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss humanist law and philosophy, and the arguments presented in Third Book of Pantagruel: Chapters Thirty-three through Forty-four. How does Bridoye define law?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Rabelais and his relationship to Christianity. What criticisms of the Church can be found in Gargantua: Chapters Thirty-six through Forty-two? Why does Rabelais cite the Seven Psalms and Absalom?

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