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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?
(a) In the logic of crownings and uncrownings.
(b) In the strengths of characters such as Hamlet and Othello.
(c) In the tragic elements of Shakespeare's romances.
(d) In the farcical secondary characters.

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

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

4. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) Greed which results in a shortage of food.
(b) A man who fasted for a year.
(c) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.
(d) A wedding banquet for a prince.

5. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?
(a) Critical inquiry of the validity of Rabelais' portrayal of marketplace culture.
(b) Editorial remarks in the form of footnotes.
(c) Lists of games played in their own countries.
(d) Lists of street cries common in their own countries.

6. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?
(a) The hands.
(b) The torso.
(c) The nose.
(d) The feet.

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

8. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?
(a) The grotesque, the ridiculous, and the satiric.
(b) The satiric, the clownish, and the visual.
(c) The clownish, the burlesque, and the grotesque.
(d) The painted, the sketched, and the acted.

9. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.
(a) Conservative.
(b) Liberal.
(c) Upward.
(d) Downward.

10. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?
(a) The theme of religious fervor in his works.
(b) Hippocrates' exclusive emphasis on folk culture.
(c) All his works were set in the marketplace.
(d) The theme of the grotesque body in his works.

11. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?
(a) That he will marry an ugly woman.
(b) That he will eventually be cuckolded.
(c) That he will not be able to have a son.
(d) That his wife will never love him.

12. 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) Self-flagellating monks.
(c) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.
(d) Children dressed as animals.

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

14. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:
(a) One of dullness and duty.
(b) One of pessimism and regression.
(c) One of immortality and regeneration.
(d) One of innocence and confusion.

15. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:
(a) Tragedy.
(b) Comic drama.
(c) Melodrama.
(d) Farce.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?

2. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:

3. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?

4. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?

5. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?

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