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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?
(a) As an indication of his own increasing wealth.
(b) As a representation of a tennis match.
(c) As a promise of winter floods and summer drought.
(d) As a promise of Armageddon and the return of Christ.

6. 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) Vengeful pagan deities.
(d) Violent beings from another universe.

7. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?
(a) From poetic manuscripts.
(b) From monastic inscriptions.
(c) From vernacular speech.
(d) From scientific treatises.

8. In the political and religious conflicts of his time, Rabelais always took the ___________ stance.
(a) Progressive.
(b) Cautious.
(c) Scientific.
(d) Catholic.

9. 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) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.
(c) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(d) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.

10. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:
(a) Physical discomfort.
(b) Victory and regeneration.
(c) Depression and resignation.
(d) Intellectual stimulation.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?

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

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

5. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?

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