Rabelais and His World 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. What is revealed in images of "negation"?

2. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

3. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?

4. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the figure of the androgyne in Rabelais' novel?

3. What is "cosmic fear," and how is it treated in Renaissance folk culture?

4. How does Rabelais construct the episode of Epistemon's resurrection and of his visions in the underworld?

5. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

6. Describe the figure of "Gros Guillaume" and his significance to Rabelais' novel.

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

8. What does Bakhtin mean when he writes that popular-festive carnivalesque performances have no "footlights"?

9. How is "folly" ambivalent?

10. What was "prandial libertinism"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about the marketplace in the Renaissance? What is its relation to folk culture? How are social relationships conducted in the environment of the marketplace? How are the "street cries" significant aspects of folk culture? What other "unofficial" elements of communication, social commentary, and social interaction are especially prevalent in the marketplace? Are there any carnivalesque elements of the marketplace?

Essay Topic 2

What connections do Bakhtin and the authors of the Foreword and the Prologue draw between Bakhtin and Rabelais? How were their lives and times similar? What common themes are evident in their writing? In which important ways do they differ?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Medieval and Renaissance views of the world, including the individual, social, and cosmic aspects of the world. What spurred the change from the Medieval to the Renaissance way of thinking? How is this change, and the social, political, and religious controversies or struggles that accompanied it, evident in Rabelais' novel?

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