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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:
(a) The Renaissance notion that all which is already established is perfect.
(b) The methods of marketplace vendors in overpricing their goods.
(c) The Renaissance system of images that is perpetually regenerative and never decaying.
(d) Rabelais' view of the proper treatment of foreigners and peasants.

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

3. 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.

4. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
(a) Scholarly activities.
(b) Inspiration and hope.
(c) Feasting, spectacles, and sex.
(d) Fear, weakness, and violence.

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

6. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?
(a) Grotesque portrayals of the stomach, mouth, and genitals.
(b) The general health of a town's population.
(c) The swelling of religious fervor during holy days.
(d) Bodily restraint as a result of mind over matter.

7. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:
(a) Loaded with comparatives and superlatives.
(b) Purely abusive and vulgar.
(c) Objective and editorially distant.
(d) Quietly reflective and speculative.

8. Bakhtin believes that novels are:
(a) Inherently confessional.
(b) Random, like stream-of-consciousness.
(c) Socially charged and polemical.
(d) Utterly separate from the author's own life.

9. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.
(b) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.
(c) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.
(d) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.

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

11. To what does Bakhtin compare the various cries of Paris?
(a) A roaring storm.
(b) A crowded kitchen.
(c) A howling wolf.
(d) A sobbing child.

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

13. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?
(a) It exhorts its readers to record in writing their own experiences of fairs and of Carnival.
(b) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.
(c) It offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.
(d) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.

14. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(b) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(c) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(d) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

2. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

3. What was the most prevalent medium of the culture of the common folk in the Renaissance?

4. What were "street cries"?

5. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?

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