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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Articles of clothing, made of harsh cloth, that cover the legs.
(d) Foolish behavior caused by listening to fables.

2. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?
(a) The body expands to include the universal consciousness.
(b) The body appears to reduce in size and strength.
(c) The body gets restricted and individualized.
(d) The body is exalted for its natural functions only.

3. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?
(a) The debasement of the Church during Carnival.
(b) Clownlike crowning and uncrownings at feasts.
(c) Market vendors loudly advertising their wares.
(d) Tragic dramas and historical stage-plays.

4. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?
(a) The act of voting a new mayor and chasing the old one out of town.
(b) The portion of the feast in which all the fowl are consumed.
(c) The introduction of one rooster into a rowdy henhouse.
(d) The rejection of an old husband and the crowning of a new husband.

5. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' language, and the language of Renaissance France, was above all:
(a) Stagnant and dead.
(b) Strict and immobile.
(c) Free and flexible.
(d) Lacking foreign influence.

6. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:
(a) Mesopotamians.
(b) Phoenicians.
(c) Greeks.
(d) Romans.

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

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

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

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

11. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?
(a) Saying the Rosary.
(b) Communion.
(c) Papal indulgences.
(d) The High Mass.

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

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

14. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(b) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.
(c) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.
(d) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?

2. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

3. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?

4. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

5. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?

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