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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The material lower stratum.
(b) The spiritual interior essence.
(c) The head and eyes.
(d) The arms and legs.

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) An elderly scholar.
(b) A village boy.
(c) An ironfisted dictator.
(d) A pious priest.

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

10. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.
(b) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(c) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(d) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.

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

12. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(b) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(c) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(d) By sharing them with an eager public.

13. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(b) Limited to parody of individuals.
(c) Limited to religious parody.
(d) Focused on the negative aspects of society.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

2. "Tripe" literally refers to:

3. What are the "intelligentsia"?

4. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

5. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

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