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 did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?

2. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

3. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:

4. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?

5. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?

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

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

5. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Bakhtin assert that we cannot make the mistake of interpreting Rabelais' images of the material body lower stratum with our modern sensibilities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What roles do games play in Rabelais' novel and in the Renaissance? Discuss how games and gaming fulfill an "unofficial" social role as opposed to an "official" one. What images, traditions, and symbols does Bakhtin associate them with? How are games representative of folk culture? How did games and gaming change after the Renaissance?

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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