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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. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:
(a) Heresy.
(b) Thought and spirit.
(c) Death and birth.
(d) Alchemy.

2. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.
(d) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.

3. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1917.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1850.
(d) 1936.

4. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?
(a) Grotesque portrayals of the stomach, mouth, and genitals.
(b) Bodily restraint as a result of mind over matter.
(c) The general health of a town's population.
(d) The swelling of religious fervor during holy days.

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(b) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(c) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(d) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:

2. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:

3. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

4. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does tripe represent, in Bakhtin's analysis?

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

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

7. Describe Friar John.

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

9. Why does Bakhtin assert that we cannot make the mistake of interpreting Rabelais' images of the material body lower stratum with our modern sensibilities?

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

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