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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Gargantua drinking the entire Seine river.
(b) People living in Pantagruel's mouth.
(c) God's breath creating the four winds.
(d) Gargamelle eating an entire cow in one bite.

4. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:
(a) The power of the monarchy.
(b) The sanctity of the Church.
(c) The natural world.
(d) The folk festival.

5. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Self-flagellating monks.
(b) Children dressed as animals.
(c) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(d) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.

6. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?
(a) It is the person who brings up the rear of the great Carnival parade.
(b) It is a person who delights in causing pain to others.
(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.

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

8. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.
(b) Bread and wine in bodily form.
(c) The health risks of obesity.
(d) The entire body of the people.

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

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

11. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?
(a) Gaming reinforced the "official" ways of thinking.
(b) Games represented another form of understanding the cycle of life.
(c) Games defined the distinction between social classes.
(d) Gaming was deemed sinful and was forbidden by the Church.

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

13. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A travestied allusion to Communion.
(b) A debasing description of the French people.
(c) A caricature of the Pope.
(d) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.

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

15. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?
(a) The depths of the human heart.
(b) Mountains and ridges.
(c) Various types of holes.
(d) Bodily depression after too much feasting.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.

2. How does Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel challenge and attempt to change Catholic dogma?

3. In grotesque realism, the body is most often represented as:

4. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

5. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?

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