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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 are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.
(b) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(c) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(d) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.

2. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.
(b) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(c) Was encouraged even in church.
(d) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.

3. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?
(a) To be beautiful in and of itself.
(b) To glorify the artist.
(c) To communicate meaningful messages.
(d) To be sold for money or services.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

2. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

3. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

4. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ parody?

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

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

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

8. What was the general perception of laughter in the Renaissance?

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

10. Why does Bakhtin state that in Rabelais' novel everyday kitchen implements and foods have an intrinsic value?

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