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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?
(a) Panurge's seduction of a local knight's wife.
(b) Gargantua's glimpse into heaven and dialogue with God.
(c) Epistemon's resurrection and visions of the underworld.
(d) Friar John's defense of the abbey vineyards and beating of thousands.

2. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?
(a) The torso.
(b) The feet.
(c) The nose.
(d) The hands.

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

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

5. In grotesque realism, the body is most often represented as:
(a) A faulty copy of the Divine.
(b) A whole unit, interior merged with exterior.
(c) Subordinate to the higher functions of the brain.
(d) Several separate units fighting with each other for superiority.

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

7. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' plan for Pantagruel's journey?
(a) Rabelais' response to his world's changing geography.
(b) Rabelais' own morbid fascination with death.
(c) Rabelais' critique of contemporary politics.
(d) Rabelais' fanciful, imaginative creation of impossible places.

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

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

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

11. Bakhtin generally finds Goethe's sense of Carnival's _____________ to agree with his own views.
(a) Universalism.
(b) Pessimism.
(c) Poetic expression.
(d) Religiousness.

12. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.
(a) Intelligent scholars.
(b) Secrets of lovers.
(c) Acts of war.
(d) Banquet images.

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

14. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
(a) "Grotesque."
(b) "Horrifying."
(c) "Otherworldly."
(d) "Scientific."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?

2. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

3. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

4. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?

5. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

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