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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. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.
(b) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(c) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.
(d) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.

2. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Futurism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Modernism.

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

4. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.
(b) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.
(c) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(d) Members of the aristocracy whose political ideals are not in keeping with Rabelais' ideals.

5. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) Only one possible message.
(b) The materials from which the art is constructed.
(c) Whatever the audience chooses.
(d) A system of values.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

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

3. "Tripe" literally refers to:

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?

5. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the "Hippocratic Anthology" significant to Rabelais' work?

2. What does Bakhtin mean when he writes that popular-festive carnivalesque performances have no "footlights"?

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

4. What is the significance of the figure of the androgyne in Rabelais' novel?

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

6. What is the connection between the banquet and speech?

7. How does Rabelais construct the episode of Epistemon's resurrection and of his visions in the underworld?

8. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

9. What is "cosmic fear," and how is it treated in Renaissance folk culture?

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

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