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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 offering people absolution from their sins.
(c) By celebrating Mass.
(d) By giving away his possessions.

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

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

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

5. What were "street cries"?
(a) The sobs of orphans who live on the street.
(b) The calls of the city bellringer telling the time.
(c) The warnings people yell when they throw the contents of their chamber pot out the window.
(d) The shouted, versified advertisements of market vendors.

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

7. 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.

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

9. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Free and frank.
(b) Timid and quiet.
(c) Abusive and derogatory.
(d) Distantly suggestive.

10. 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.

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

12. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:
(a) Sex and love.
(b) Nature and the earth.
(c) Intellect and spirit.
(d) Food and battles.

13. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(b) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(c) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(d) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.

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

15. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.
(b) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.
(c) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.
(d) Other writers strove to emulate his style.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

2. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

3. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?

4. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

5. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:

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