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 Bakhtin define "carnivalesque hell"?

2. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?

3. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?

4. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role or roles do banquet images play in Rabelais' novel? How are they connected to popular-festive forms? How does Bakhtin interpret the material body in Rabelais' banquet imagery? How do banquets, eating, and drinking express folk culture? Refer to examples from the text.

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

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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