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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. How does Bakhtin define the novel?
(a) As a multiplicity of styles.
(b) As a single-voiced text.
(c) As a work of pure imagination.
(d) As a worthless type of literature.

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

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

4. To what does Bakhtin compare the various cries of Paris?
(a) A roaring storm.
(b) A sobbing child.
(c) A howling wolf.
(d) A crowded kitchen.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?

5. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the two Russian eras of history to which Bakhtin refers in Chapter Three?

2. Why does the logic of the grotesque ignore the closed surfaces of the body?

3. How does Rabelais describe the human body in the context of grotesque realism?

4. Describe the Catchpoles and what they symbolize.

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

6. Why does Bakhtin choose to relate Goethe to Rabelais' work?

7. Which elements of Villon and Tappecoue's (Ticklepecker's) episode make it a "tragic farce"?

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

9. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-à-l'âne"?

10. How do the Medieval and Renaissance pictures of the cosmos differ?

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