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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 grotesque, the ridiculous, and the satiric.
(d) The painted, the sketched, and the acted.

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

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

4. How does Bakhtin define the episode involving Villon and Tappecoue?
(a) As a historical re-enactment.
(b) As a comedic interlude.
(c) As a tragic farce.
(d) As an epic drama.

5. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.
(b) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.
(c) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(d) The sin of violence is paramount in each.

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

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

8. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
(a) The Idealizing tradition.
(b) The Gallic tradition.
(c) The English tradition.
(d) The Roman tradition.

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

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

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

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

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

14. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
(a) The novel reinforces the misery the people suffered.
(b) The novel provides a merry alternative to suffering.
(c) The novel chastises the people for bringing suffering on themselves.
(d) The novel offers spiritual guidance through hard times.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

2. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?

3. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?

4. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?

5. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?

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