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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(b) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.
(c) Children dressed as animals.
(d) Self-flagellating monks.

2. How does Bakhtin define "carnivalesque hell"?
(a) Depraved because it encourages wanton sexual gratification.
(b) Ambivalent because it includes both fear and laughter.
(c) Leisurely because everyone seems to be on holiday.
(d) Negative because everyone, including demons, are always suffering.

3. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?
(a) Monks' robes.
(b) Bull horns.
(c) Female genitalia.
(d) Arms of strong warriors.

4. In grotesque realism, the body is most often represented as:
(a) A whole unit, interior merged with exterior.
(b) A faulty copy of the Divine.
(c) Several separate units fighting with each other for superiority.
(d) Subordinate to the higher functions of the brain.

5. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?
(a) A parade showcasing exotic animals and curious goods from distant lands.
(b) The great feast in the middle of Carnival where everyone eats tripe.
(c) A portion of Carnival where everyone tries to blow out each other's candles.
(d) The final event of Carnival, in which the Church gives alms to the poor.

6. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?
(a) Clowns and fools.
(b) Carnival.
(c) Street cries.
(d) Public thrashings.

7. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.
(b) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(c) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(d) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.

8. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?
(a) An earthquake which devastated southern France.
(b) An unusual heat wave and drought.
(c) A famine resulting from an unusually cold winter.
(d) The French victory of a battle with the Spanish.

9. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?
(a) The act of voting a new mayor and chasing the old one out of town.
(b) The portion of the feast in which all the fowl are consumed.
(c) The rejection of an old husband and the crowning of a new husband.
(d) The introduction of one rooster into a rowdy henhouse.

10. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:
(a) Victory and regeneration.
(b) Intellectual stimulation.
(c) Depression and resignation.
(d) Physical discomfort.

11. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.
(a) Secrets of lovers.
(b) Intelligent scholars.
(c) Acts of war.
(d) Banquet images.

12. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?
(a) People living in Pantagruel's mouth.
(b) God's breath creating the four winds.
(c) Gargantua drinking the entire Seine river.
(d) Gargamelle eating an entire cow in one bite.

13. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?
(a) Foolish behavior caused by listening to fables.
(b) Articles of clothing, made of harsh cloth, that cover the legs.
(c) Hoarseness caused by drinking too much.
(d) A type of thin porridge eaten exclusively by the very poor.

14. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:
(a) Adherence to the rules of proper religious worship.
(b) Themes of unofficial laughter and banquet imagery.
(c) Themes of human sadness, pessimism, and regret.
(d) Demonstration of rigid and correctly class-conscious behavior.

15. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?
(a) Gargantua's glimpse into heaven and dialogue with God.
(b) Panurge's seduction of a local knight's wife.
(c) Epistemon's resurrection and visions of the underworld.
(d) Friar John's defense of the abbey vineyards and beating of thousands.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

2. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:

3. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?

4. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

5. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?

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