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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Nordic Fictions."
(b) The "New World Chronicles."
(c) The "Oriental Tales."
(d) The "Indian Wonders."

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

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

4. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?
(a) Predictions of wars and slaughter.
(b) Images of the wrath of nature and of destruction.
(c) Images of the material body and of festivity.
(d) Predictions concerning lovers.

5. 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.

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

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

8. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(b) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(c) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.
(d) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.

9. What are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?
(a) Atheists who insult and threaten God.
(b) Vengeful pagan deities.
(c) The sky, the sea, and natural disasters.
(d) Violent beings from another universe.

10. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?
(a) A curse one shouts at another, meaning, "To the devil with you!"
(b) A series of prayers one says to beg forgiveness for misbehavior.
(c) A type of behavior manual that purports to stop devilish behavior.
(d) A portion of Carnival in which actors dress up as devils.

11. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.
(b) The sin of violence is paramount in each.
(c) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(d) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?

2. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?

3. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?

4. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

5. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?

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