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. In Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Eleven, Epistemon explains why monks are readily found where?

2. Who is eulogized in Fifth Book of Pantagruel: Prologue?

3. The Queen of Cheli and all of her court kiss Pantagruel and his men, except for whom, in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Ten?

4. Who does Pantagruel have read to the men on his ship from the books Gargantua sent while they are at sea in Fourth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Four?

5. Which island in Fifth Book of Pantagruel: Chapter Ten proves to be full of infertile soil?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the allusions to Virgil, Lucian, Plato and Cicero in the narrative. Why does Pantagruel suggest Panurge refer to Virgil for his answer about marriage?

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