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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Bakhtin defines Rabelais' giants as:
(a) Debased clowns.
(b) Grotesque figures.
(c) Subhuman creatures.
(d) Divine images.
2. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Nordic Fictions."
(b) The "Indian Wonders."
(c) The "New World Chronicles."
(d) The "Oriental Tales."
3. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:
(a) The folk festival.
(b) The power of the monarchy.
(c) The natural world.
(d) The sanctity of the Church.
4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(b) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.
(c) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.
(d) The sin of violence is paramount in each.
5. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?
(a) From monastic inscriptions.
(b) From vernacular speech.
(c) From poetic manuscripts.
(d) From scientific treatises.
6. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.
(b) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(c) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.
(d) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.
7. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.
(b) Certain societies eat only certain foods.
(c) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.
(d) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
8. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
9. Bakhtin generally finds Goethe's sense of Carnival's _____________ to agree with his own views.
(a) Poetic expression.
10. What are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?
(a) Violent beings from another universe.
(b) Atheists who insult and threaten God.
(c) Vengeful pagan deities.
(d) The sky, the sea, and natural disasters.
11. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.
12. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?
13. 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 traveled much and met many people.
(d) He abused drugs and wrote down his hallucinations.
14. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) Eating too much tripe.
(b) Casting a spell of birth.
(c) Praying for a child.
(d) A spirit impregnating her.
15. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
(a) The English tradition.
(b) The Gallic tradition.
(c) The Roman tradition.
(d) The Idealizing tradition.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
2. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?
3. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
4. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
5. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?
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