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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) It was purely a religious revolt.
(b) Only the elite class was involved.
(c) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(d) It continues into the present day.

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?
(a) By giving away his possessions.
(b) By celebrating Mass.
(c) By celebrating mock weddings.
(d) By offering people absolution from their sins.

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(b) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.
(c) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(d) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.

4. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.
(b) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.
(c) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.
(d) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.

5. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1936.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1850.

6. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:
(a) The complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.
(b) The importance and necessity of laughter.
(c) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.
(d) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.

7. Why did Renaissance humanists attempt to suppress oaths and profanities?
(a) They were shocked to hear the Lord's name taken in vain.
(b) They felt that if one could not say something nice, one should say nothing at all.
(c) They viewed such language as predominantly atheistic.
(d) They saw such language as relics of the superstitious Middle Ages.

8. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Nature with artifice.
(b) Love with hate.
(c) Slaughter with feasting.
(d) Human instinct with forethought.

9. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(b) They both write mostly novels.
(c) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(d) They live in the same country.

10. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(b) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.
(c) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(d) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.

11. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:
(a) Results of public punishments for social crimes.
(b) Divine retribution for one's sins.
(c) Results of a sickly infancy and childhood.
(d) Overindulgence in food, drink, and sex.

12. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:
(a) Scenes of eating and drinking.
(b) Scenes of travel and journeys.
(c) Scenes of pious worship.
(d) Scenes of violence.

13. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(b) No, except during times of war.
(c) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(d) Yes, especially during festivals.

14. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.
(b) Predictions of the future.
(c) Historical allusions.
(d) Classical myths.

15. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Plato's _Symposium_
(b) Dante's _Divine Comedy_
(c) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_
(d) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_

Short Answer Questions

1. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

2. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

3. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

4. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

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