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

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

3. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) It was purely a religious revolt.
(b) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(c) Only the elite class was involved.
(d) It continues into the present day.

4. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The Norman Invasion.
(b) The Black Death.
(c) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.
(d) The defense of France against Charles V.

5. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(b) An elite spy organization.
(c) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(d) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?

3. Clowns and fools are:

4. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

5. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rabelais parody with the character of Janotus de Bragmardo?

3. What about the episode of the Lord of Basche is carnivalesque?

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

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

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

7. What does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ parody?

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

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

10. Describe the Renaissance student writings.

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