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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(c) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(d) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.

4. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?
(a) The Medieval doctrine of faith.
(b) The Renaissance philosophy of humanism.
(c) The Classical philosophy of stoicism.
(d) The Christian doctrine of submission.

5. 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.

6. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Conversation.
(b) Sexual intercourse.
(c) Observing nature.
(d) Eating.

7. 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.

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

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

10. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:
(a) The features of one's body in which one resembles one's parents.
(b) The record of births and deaths kept by local churches.
(c) The portions of the body that die over time, like hair and fingernails.
(d) The generative organs which produce children.

11. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?
(a) Vows spoken between lovers.
(b) Refereed debates between two clergymen.
(c) Bear-baiting in the town square.
(d) The tradition of festive speech.

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

13. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
(a) The spiritual intellect's conversant function
(b) The material body upper stratum.
(c) The liver and gallbladder's production of bile.
(d) The material body lower stratum.

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

15. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.
(b) Its disregard for the festive tradition.
(c) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(d) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel challenge and attempt to change Catholic dogma?

2. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?

3. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.

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

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

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