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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(b) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(c) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.
(d) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.

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

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(b) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(c) An elite spy organization.
(d) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.

5. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(b) The last charge of Charlemagne.
(c) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.
(d) Juvenalian satires of public figures.

6. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(b) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(c) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(d) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.

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

8. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) Language does not actually express anything.
(b) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(c) All languages are one.
(d) No word can actually ever be defined.

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

10. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.
(b) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(c) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(d) To celebrate his marriage.

11. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(b) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.
(d) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.

12. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Hunger.
(b) Sexual intercourse.
(c) Defecation.
(d) Religious fervor.

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

14. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?
(a) It is ironic and maliciously exaggerated.
(b) It is innocent and childlike.
(c) It is rhetorical and persuasive.
(d) It is dark and foreboding.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:

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

3. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

4. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

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