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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To give one character a strong voice.
(b) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(c) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(d) To move the plot along.

4. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?
(a) The way young people are educated.
(b) Interactions between men and women.
(c) Physically demanding activities.
(d) Herbs and medicines.

5. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
(a) Sexually-charged dialogue.
(b) Religious fervor.
(c) A particularly Western type of humor.
(d) Political dissent.

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

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

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

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

10. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?
(a) Rabelais follows every criticism with heartfelt praise.
(b) The clergy paid no attention to Rabelais' works.
(c) Rabelais maintains a comic style, so no one could mistake him for being serious.
(d) The Church received an annual tribute from Rabelais, so it overlooked his parodies.

11. 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.

12. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(b) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.
(c) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.
(d) Was encouraged even in church.

13. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(b) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(c) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(d) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.

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

15. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?
(a) A robber who stumbles across Gargantua's treasure.
(b) A scholar sent to recover church bells from Gargantua.
(c) A market vendor scheming to cheat Gargantua.
(d) A clown who mocks Gargantua at Carnival.

Short Answer Questions

1. Carnival allowed:

2. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

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

4. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

5. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

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