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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Observing nature.
(b) Conversation.
(c) Sexual intercourse.
(d) Eating.

2. 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 stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(c) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.
(d) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.

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

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

5. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?
(a) An unusual heat wave and drought.
(b) An earthquake which devastated southern France.
(c) The French victory of a battle with the Spanish.
(d) A famine resulting from an unusually cold winter.

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

7. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?
(a) Monks' robes.
(b) Bull horns.
(c) Female genitalia.
(d) Arms of strong warriors.

8. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?
(a) The great feast in the middle of Carnival where everyone eats tripe.
(b) A portion of Carnival where everyone tries to blow out each other's candles.
(c) The final event of Carnival, in which the Church gives alms to the poor.
(d) A parade showcasing exotic animals and curious goods from distant lands.

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

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

11. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:
(a) One of innocence and confusion.
(b) One of immortality and regeneration.
(c) One of pessimism and regression.
(d) One of dullness and duty.

12. 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 a person who is hostile to laughter or who does not know how to laugh.
(d) It is an elderly person whose grouchy moods isolate him/her.

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

14. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Nordic Fictions."
(b) The "Indian Wonders."
(c) The "Oriental Tales."
(d) The "New World Chronicles."

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

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