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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. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(b) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(c) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.
(d) To celebrate his marriage.

2. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(b) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(c) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(d) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.

3. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:
(a) Monarchs who subjugated their people.
(b) Marketplace vendors who cheated their customers.
(c) Sacred themes, such as saints and relics.
(d) Family ties, such as one's in-laws.

4. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:
(a) Results of a sickly infancy and childhood.
(b) Overindulgence in food, drink, and sex.
(c) Results of public punishments for social crimes.
(d) Divine retribution for one's sins.

5. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Timid and quiet.
(b) Distantly suggestive.
(c) Free and frank.
(d) Abusive and derogatory.

Short Answer Questions

1. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

3. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

4. What does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?

5. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bakhtin mean when he argues that laughter affirms the people's unofficial truth?

2. Describe the Renaissance student writings.

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

4. Describe the Catchpoles and what they symbolize.

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

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

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

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

9. How does Bakhtin get around the prohibition of certain kinds of satire and irony in his own time?

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

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