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 significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?

2. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

3. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?

4. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

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

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

4. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

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

6. What is the significance of the two Russian eras of history to which Bakhtin refers in Chapter Three?

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

8. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a "blazon"? How are blazons part of the carnivalesque and grotesque traditions of folk humor? What sorts of people or things were turned into blazons, and why? How is the theme of duality related to the blazon? How does Rabelais employ blazons in his novel?

Essay Topic 2

Explore Bakhtin's study of language in Rabelais. What is "vernacular" or "colloquial" language? How is it different from "official" languages, like that of the Church or of the monarchy? How is verbal communication different from written communication, and who or what does each type of communication serve? How does Rabelais keep his language lively and never dull? How does Rabelais transform names, nicknames, proper nouns, and all other forms of speech?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of Rabelais' own historical context to his novel. How does he allude to, reinterpret, parody/travesty, or otherwise address contemporary people, places, and events? Cite at least two examples from Bakhtin's study.

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