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 happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

2. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?

3. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

4. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:

5. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the two opposing lines of thought in the "querelle des femmes."

2. Which elements of Villon and Tappecoue's (Ticklepecker's) episode make it a "tragic farce"?

3. How does Rabelais strengthen the exaggerated themes of his grotesque realism?

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

5. How does Rabelais respond to the geographical changes of his own time and world?

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

7. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

8. What is the significance of "cuckoldry," and how is it portrayed?

9. What is the connection between the banquet and speech?

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

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 nature of Medieval and Renaissance popular dramatic forms. On what occasions were performances held? What genre were these performances, and what was their common subject matter? What does Bakhtin mean when he asserts that such performances had no "footlights"? Citing examples from the text, explore the theme of universalism in these dramas.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the "querelle des femmes" and Rabelais' perspective on it. How does Rabelais' novel portray women and femininity? Is Bakhtin's explanation of Rabelais' perspective on the querelle des femmes problematic in any way? Feel free to address this issue using terms of modern feminist theory.

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