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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) Greed which results in a shortage of food.
(b) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.
(c) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(d) A man who fasted for a year.

3. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:
(a) The general conception of the divine.
(b) The human body itself.
(c) The separate portions of society.
(d) The topography of the continents.

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

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

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

7. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?
(a) Hippocrates' exclusive emphasis on folk culture.
(b) The theme of the grotesque body in his works.
(c) All his works were set in the marketplace.
(d) The theme of religious fervor in his works.

8. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?
(a) It is a person who delights in causing pain to others.
(b) It is the person who brings up the rear of the great Carnival parade.
(c) It is an elderly person whose grouchy moods isolate him/her.
(d) It is a person who is hostile to laughter or who does not know how to laugh.

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

10. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(b) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(c) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(d) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.

11. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?
(a) Foolish behavior caused by listening to fables.
(b) Hoarseness caused by drinking too much.
(c) A type of thin porridge eaten exclusively by the very poor.
(d) Articles of clothing, made of harsh cloth, that cover the legs.

12. 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 and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.
(d) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?

2. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

3. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.

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

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