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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
(a) The novel reinforces the misery the people suffered.
(b) The novel provides a merry alternative to suffering.
(c) The novel offers spiritual guidance through hard times.
(d) The novel chastises the people for bringing suffering on themselves.

2. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:
(a) A "terrible fright."
(b) A "hopeful space."
(c) A "crossroads."
(d) A "final destination."

3. 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.

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

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' plan for Pantagruel's journey?
(a) Rabelais' critique of contemporary politics.
(b) Rabelais' fanciful, imaginative creation of impossible places.
(c) Rabelais' own morbid fascination with death.
(d) Rabelais' response to his world's changing geography.

6. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:
(a) The general conception of the divine.
(b) The topography of the continents.
(c) The human body itself.
(d) The separate portions of society.

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

8. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?
(a) A spoken-word performance involving violent acts.
(b) A portrait that has been defaced.
(c) A caricature that has reached exaggerated dimensions.
(d) A representation of an otherworldly object.

9. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?
(a) The torso and the mass of the individual.
(b) The legs and the height of the individual.
(c) The throat and the act of swallowing.
(d) The genitals and the act of sexual intercourse.

10. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:
(a) The privileging of intellect over the baser functions of the body.
(b) The difficulty of spreading information in an illiterate culture.
(c) The inherent comedic potential of words and speech.
(d) The switching of the lower bodily functions with the higher ones.

11. How does Bakhtin define the episode involving Villon and Tappecoue?
(a) As a historical re-enactment.
(b) As a comedic interlude.
(c) As an epic drama.
(d) As a tragic farce.

12. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
(a) It stresses the importance of feasting and drinking.
(b) It focuses on gaiety and humor.
(c) It is always sung in a rhymed singsong tone.
(d) It stresses the destruction of the established order and hierarchy of society.

13. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) The entire body of the people.
(b) Bread and wine in bodily form.
(c) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.
(d) The health risks of obesity.

14. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.
(b) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
(c) Certain societies eat only certain foods.
(d) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.

15. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(b) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(c) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.
(d) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?

2. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:

3. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

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

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