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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
(a) The spiritual intellect's conversant function
(b) The liver and gallbladder's production of bile.
(c) The material body lower stratum.
(d) The material body upper stratum.

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

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

4. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) Praying for a child.
(b) Casting a spell of birth.
(c) Eating too much tripe.
(d) A spirit impregnating her.

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

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

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

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

9. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
(a) Positive: woman is the light of the future, and must be celebrated.
(b) Materialist: woman is worth money, in her body or from her work.
(c) Ambivalent: woman is degraded but simultaneously regenerative.
(d) Negative: woman is the source of all sin, and must be oppressed.

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

11. The principle of "negation" in popular-festive imagery is always:
(a) Tangible and obvious: one thing turned about for another.
(b) Spiritual and sacred: following the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
(c) Abstract and theoretical: imaginary rather than actualized.
(d) Vulgar and dirty: always having to do with the material body lower stratum.

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

13. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?
(a) A spoken-word performance involving violent acts.
(b) A representation of an otherworldly object.
(c) A caricature that has reached exaggerated dimensions.
(d) A portrait that has been defaced.

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

15. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?
(a) Hierarchical.
(b) Scientific.
(c) Pessimistic.
(d) Self-contradictory.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:

2. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:

3. In the political and religious conflicts of his time, Rabelais always took the ___________ stance.

4. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

5. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?

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