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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. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) Language does not actually express anything.
(b) All languages are one.
(c) No word can actually ever be defined.
(d) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.

2. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(b) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(c) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(d) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.

3. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:
(a) Scenes of eating and drinking.
(b) Scenes of pious worship.
(c) Scenes of travel and journeys.
(d) Scenes of violence.

4. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:
(a) The importance and necessity of laughter.
(b) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.
(c) The complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.
(d) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.

5. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(b) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.
(c) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(d) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:

3. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?

4. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

5. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What role do oaths and profanities fill in Rabelais' novel?

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

6. What about the episode of the Lord of Basche is carnivalesque?

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

8. What are the "cris de Paris," or "street cries"?

9. How does Bakhtin interpret the prologue of _Pantagruel_?

10. How is Bakhtin's book "double-voiced," as Michael Holquist asserts it is?

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