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. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

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

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

5. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the nature of the carnivalesque crowd in Rabelais' novel?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-à-l'âne"?

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

10. How is "folly" ambivalent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about the marketplace in the Renaissance? What is its relation to folk culture? How are social relationships conducted in the environment of the marketplace? How are the "street cries" significant aspects of folk culture? What other "unofficial" elements of communication, social commentary, and social interaction are especially prevalent in the marketplace? Are there any carnivalesque elements of the marketplace?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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