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. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:

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

3. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?

4. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the logic of the grotesque ignore the closed surfaces of the body?

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

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

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

5. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

6. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

8. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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