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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 interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?
(a) The cries suggest a deep discontent in the Parisian populace.
(b) The cries negate the revitalization of the marketplace.
(c) The cries were the people's only method of exchanging ideas.
(d) The cries combine the reality of practical life with festive utopian universalism.

2. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.
(b) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.
(c) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(d) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.

3. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Hunger.
(b) Religious fervor.
(c) Defecation.
(d) Sexual intercourse.

4. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(b) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(c) Limited to parody of individuals.
(d) Limited to religious parody.

5. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.
(b) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(c) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(d) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?

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

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

4. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?

5. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do modern readers find it difficult to read Rabelais' novel?

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

4. How does Bakhtin interpret the prologue of _Pantagruel_?

5. In general, what happened to the use of humor in literature after Rabelais' time?

6. What are the "cris de Paris," or "street cries"?

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

8. Why does the speaker of the prologue of the Third Book invite only good men to drink?

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

10. What was the effect of the suspension of social hierarchies during Carnival?

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