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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. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?
(a) Political treatises.
(b) Calendars or almanacs.
(c) Biographies of public figures.
(d) Religious tracts.

2. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:
(a) Scenes of violence.
(b) Scenes of pious worship.
(c) Scenes of eating and drinking.
(d) Scenes of travel and journeys.

3. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:
(a) Nature and the earth.
(b) Food and battles.
(c) Intellect and spirit.
(d) Sex and love.

4. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(b) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(c) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(d) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.

5. Carnival allowed:
(a) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(b) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(c) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(d) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the most prevalent medium of the culture of the common folk in the Renaissance?

2. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

3. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

4. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

5. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the "feast of fools," and why was it a particularly festive laughter in the Middle Ages?

5. What was Rabelais' relationship with the fairs based upon?

6. What is Bakhtin's general idea about the purpose of art?

7. Why does Bakhtin state that in Rabelais' novel everyday kitchen implements and foods have an intrinsic value?

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

9. What role do oaths and profanities fill in Rabelais' novel?

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

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