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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 are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(b) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(c) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.
(d) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.

2. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?
(a) A robber who stumbles across Gargantua's treasure.
(b) A clown who mocks Gargantua at Carnival.
(c) A market vendor scheming to cheat Gargantua.
(d) A scholar sent to recover church bells from Gargantua.

3. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Timid and quiet.
(b) Free and frank.
(c) Distantly suggestive.
(d) Abusive and derogatory.

4. What were "street cries"?
(a) The shouted, versified advertisements of market vendors.
(b) The warnings people yell when they throw the contents of their chamber pot out the window.
(c) The calls of the city bellringer telling the time.
(d) The sobs of orphans who live on the street.

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The head and eyes.
(b) The spiritual interior essence.
(c) The arms and legs.
(d) The material lower stratum.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

2. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

3. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

5. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the underlying nature of all of Rabelais' images?

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

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

5. What does Bakhtin mean when he argues that laughter affirms the people's unofficial truth?

6. How is degradation expressed, in terms of Rabelais' grotesque realism?

7. Describe the Renaissance student writings.

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

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

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

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