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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Nature.
(b) Death.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Spiritual awakening.

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

3. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(b) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(c) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(d) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.

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

5. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?
(a) Because it is evidence of humankind's presence on the earth.
(b) Because it is intermediate between earth and body.
(c) Because it exclusively connotes badness or evil.
(d) Because its purpose was a mystery in the Renaissance.

6. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(c) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(d) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.

7. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.
(b) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.
(c) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(d) The image of Rabelais himself.

8. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The defense of France against Charles V.
(b) The Norman Invasion.
(c) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.
(d) The Black Death.

9. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Modernism.
(b) Impressionism.
(c) Expressionism.
(d) Futurism.

10. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:
(a) Alchemy.
(b) Thought and spirit.
(c) Death and birth.
(d) Heresy.

11. Carnival allowed:
(a) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(b) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(c) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(d) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.

12. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
(a) The Post-Revolution Press
(b) The Russian Union of Writers.
(c) The National Writers' Agency.
(d) The Soviet Society of National Fiction.

13. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?
(a) The epic poem.
(b) The lyric.
(c) The biography.
(d) The novel.

14. 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.

15. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(b) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.
(c) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(d) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

2. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

3. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:

4. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

5. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?

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