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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?
(a) Hierarchical.
(b) Scientific.
(c) Self-contradictory.
(d) Pessimistic.

2. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(b) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(c) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.
(d) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.

3. In the example Schneegans offers, what does Rabelais' Friar John assert makes women fertile?
(a) The caress of a king.
(b) Eating a lot of tripe.
(c) The shadow of the abbey belfry
(d) Prayer to the protective saint of childbirth.

4. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?
(a) He abused drugs and wrote down his hallucinations.
(b) He rewrote stories from his childhood.
(c) He wrote many letters asking friends for ideas.
(d) He traveled much and met many people.

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

6. What is revealed in images of "negation"?
(a) The refusal of commitment between lovers.
(b) The destructive impulse of humanity.
(c) The opposition to the official world.
(d) The harmful aspects of society.

7. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?
(a) Medieval Latin, Old French, and Middle French.
(b) Medieval Latin, Middle French, and Middle German.
(c) Classic Latin, Medieval Latin, and vernacular French.
(d) Classic Latin, Middle French, and vernacular French.

8. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A caricature of the Pope.
(b) A debasing description of the French people.
(c) A travestied allusion to Communion.
(d) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.

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

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

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

12. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
(a) The Idealizing tradition.
(b) The Roman tradition.
(c) The English tradition.
(d) The Gallic tradition.

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

14. 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.

15. Bakhtin defines Rabelais' giants as:
(a) Subhuman creatures.
(b) Debased clowns.
(c) Grotesque figures.
(d) Divine images.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' language, and the language of Renaissance France, was above all:

2. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.

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

4. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?

5. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?

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