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. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?

2. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?

3. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?

4. In the example Schneegans offers, what does Rabelais' Friar John assert makes women fertile?

5. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are eating and drinking two of the most important manifestations of the grotesque body?

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

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

7. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Define the term "carnivalesque" as Bakhtin uses it. Then, demonstrate this definition by applying it to at least two of the episodes, characters, or scenes which take place in Rabelais' novel. What does the carnivalesque demonstrate about the nature of folk culture? What role does humor play in the carnivalesque?

Essay Topic 3

How does Rabelais use myth in his work? What types of myth does he draw from (classical, popular, spiritual, etc.)? How are allusions to mythology a part of carnivalesque culture? Cite at least three specific examples of identifiable myths which Rabelais alludes to, alters, parodies, travesties, or repeats.

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