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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. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A village boy.
(b) A pious priest.
(c) An elderly scholar.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(b) Meaningless and futile.
(c) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(d) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.

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

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

5. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:
(a) The deep optimism inherent in Rabelais' view of marketplace culture.
(b) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.
(c) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(d) The cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

2. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

3. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:

4. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of Friar John's description of the monastery belfry as "fecund"?

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

4. What is the nature of the carnivalesque crowd in Rabelais' novel?

5. Describe Friar John.

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

7. How does Rabelais respond to the geographical changes of his own time and world?

8. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?

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

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

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