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. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?

2. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:

3. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?

4. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

5. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about the language in which Rabelais writes and the sources of many of his words?

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

5. Why does Bakhtin choose to relate Goethe to Rabelais' work?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the role that herbalists, druggists, and physicians occupied in Renaissance France, and how Bakhtin incorporates them into his study of the marketplace in Rabelais' novel. How does Bakhtin relate the material body to physicians and medicine? How does Rabelais portray bodily ailments, physicians, heath, life, death, and birth?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Rabelais uses Friar John as a representative of the Catholic Church. How does he describe Friar John? What situations does Rabelais put Friar John into, and how does the Friar behave? What might these situations and characterization say about the Church? How do official and unofficial modes of speech and communication work with Friar John? Does he represent the carnivalesque, the grotesque, or popular festivity in anything he says or does?

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