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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:
(a) The inherent comedic potential of words and speech.
(b) The privileging of intellect over the baser functions of the body.
(c) The difficulty of spreading information in an illiterate culture.
(d) The switching of the lower bodily functions with the higher ones.

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

3. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:
(a) Passing out after drinking too much wine.
(b) Losing a debate with a scholar.
(c) Being eaten or swallowed up.
(d) Sexual fulfillment.

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

9. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:
(a) Comic drama.
(b) Melodrama.
(c) Farce.
(d) Tragedy.

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

11. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?
(a) Classic Latin, Middle French, and vernacular French.
(b) Medieval Latin, Middle French, and Middle German.
(c) Medieval Latin, Old French, and Middle French.
(d) Classic Latin, Medieval Latin, and vernacular French.

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

13. 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.

14. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:
(a) Adherence to the rules of proper religious worship.
(b) Themes of unofficial laughter and banquet imagery.
(c) Demonstration of rigid and correctly class-conscious behavior.
(d) Themes of human sadness, pessimism, and regret.

15. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?
(a) He also was a prolific and controversial writer.
(b) He too challenged old political and social structures.
(c) They both fought bloody battles against the reigning monarch.
(d) They both travelled anonymously to Carnival festivities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

2. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?

3. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

4. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:

5. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?

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