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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. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1850.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1936.

2. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From universal to restricted.
(b) From singular to universal.
(c) From accepted to encouraged.
(d) From spiritual to earthly.

3. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:
(a) Heresy.
(b) Alchemy.
(c) Death and birth.
(d) Thought and spirit.

4. 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 cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.
(c) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(d) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.

5. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.
(b) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(c) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(d) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

2. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?

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

4. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

5. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bakhtin's examples of Rabelais' tales of extraordinary urination have in common?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Bakhtin interpret the prologue of _Pantagruel_?

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

8. What does tripe represent, in Bakhtin's analysis?

9. Describe the Catchpoles and what they symbolize.

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

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