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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bakhtin define the novel?
(a) As a work of pure imagination.
(b) As a worthless type of literature.
(c) As a single-voiced text.
(d) As a multiplicity of styles.

2. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(b) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(c) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(d) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.

3. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Classical myths.
(b) Predictions of the future.
(c) Historical allusions.
(d) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.

4. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?
(a) Neoclassical, rational, Enlightenment thought.
(b) The rediscovered works of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) Imaginative fantasy.
(d) Individual, sentimental ideas.

5. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?
(a) The affairs of royalty.
(b) The lives of ordinary people.
(c) Foreign songs, art, and stories.
(d) Commerce and industry.

Short Answer Questions

1. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:

2. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

3. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

4. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:

5. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ parody?

2. What do Rabelais' long lists of names and epithets signify?

3. How does the marketplace become an indicator of folk culture in general?

4. What was Bakhtin's relationship with the Russian Union of Writers?

5. What is important about the figure of the physician in Rabelais' novel?

6. How does Bakhtin get around the prohibition of certain kinds of satire and irony in his own time?

7. How are being drenched in urine or covered in excrement treated in Rabelais' novel?

8. Describe two episodes of beatings or injury are specifically centered around the theme of feasting.

9. How does Rabelais describe the human body in the context of grotesque realism?

10. What was the general perception of laughter in the Renaissance?

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