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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. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The image of Rabelais himself.
(b) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.
(c) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(d) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.

2. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(b) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(c) Peasants and tax collectors.
(d) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.

3. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The arms and legs.
(b) The head and eyes.
(c) The spiritual interior essence.
(d) The material lower stratum.

4. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(b) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(c) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(d) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.

5. "Tripe" literally refers to:
(a) The stomach and bowels of cattle.
(b) A type of songbird.
(c) The main blood vessel in the brain of a human.
(d) A type of freshwater fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:

2. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?

3. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

4. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

5. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In general, what happened to the use of humor in literature after Rabelais' time?

4. Describe two episodes of beatings or injury are specifically centered around the theme of feasting.

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

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

7. What was the effect of the suspension of social hierarchies during Carnival?

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

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

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

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