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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 word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?
(a) Scientific.
(b) Self-contradictory.
(c) Hierarchical.
(d) Pessimistic.

2. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?
(a) It is the person who brings up the rear of the great Carnival parade.
(b) It is an elderly person whose grouchy moods isolate him/her.
(c) It is a person who is hostile to laughter or who does not know how to laugh.
(d) It is a person who delights in causing pain to others.

3. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:
(a) Piety and cruelty.
(b) Envy and greed.
(c) Gluttony and desire.
(d) Sex and death.

4. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:
(a) Victory and regeneration.
(b) Depression and resignation.
(c) Intellectual stimulation.
(d) Physical discomfort.

5. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?
(a) From scientific treatises.
(b) From monastic inscriptions.
(c) From vernacular speech.
(d) From poetic manuscripts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?

2. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:

3. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:

4. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:

5. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rabelais respond to the geographical changes of his own time and world?

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

3. What is the significance of "cuckoldry," and how is it portrayed?

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

5. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

8. What is significant about the language in which Rabelais writes and the sources of many of his words?

9. Why are eating and drinking two of the most important manifestations of the grotesque body?

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

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