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

2. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?

3. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

4. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?

5. Bakhtin defines Rabelais' giants as:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the "Hippocratic Anthology" significant to Rabelais' work?

4. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

5. What is the significance of Friar John's description of the monastery belfry as "fecund"?

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

7. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

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

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 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?

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