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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 combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

2. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

3. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?

4. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

5. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is degradation expressed, in terms of Rabelais' grotesque realism?

2. Describe Friar John.

3. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-à-l'âne"?

4. How does Rabelais describe the human body in the context of grotesque realism?

5. Why does the speaker of the prologue of the Third Book invite only good men to drink?

6. How are being drenched in urine or covered in excrement treated in Rabelais' novel?

7. How did games and gaming change after the Renaissance?

8. How is "folly" ambivalent?

9. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

10. What was "prandial libertinism"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Rabelais use myth in his work? What types of myth does he draw from (classical, popular, spiritual, etc.)? How are allusions to mythology a part of carnivalesque culture? Cite at least three specific examples of identifiable myths which Rabelais alludes to, alters, parodies, travesties, or repeats.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the meaning and significance of "grotesque realism." How is it manifested in Rabelais' time? How is the material body presented in the tradition of the grotesque? Why does Bakhtin connect folk culture so closely with the grotesque? Use examples from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the structure, the presence, and the purpose of the Foreword and the Prologue. What do they offer to the reader? What is the purpose of a foreword or a prologue--what is the function of writing an introduction to someone else's book? Can, or do, such prefatory remarks influence the reader's experience of the text? Can reading ever be a "pure" activity with no outside influence of opinion?

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