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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 does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?
(a) Carnival.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Fables.
(d) Death rituals.

2. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(b) No word can actually ever be defined.
(c) Language does not actually express anything.
(d) All languages are one.

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

4. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Love with hate.
(b) Human instinct with forethought.
(c) Nature with artifice.
(d) Slaughter with feasting.

5. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Sexuality.
(b) Nature.
(c) Spiritual awakening.
(d) Death.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?

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

3. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

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

5. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is Bakhtin's book "double-voiced," as Michael Holquist asserts it is?

10. What was Rabelais' relationship with the fairs based upon?

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