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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 is revealed in images of "negation"?
(a) The opposition to the official world.
(b) The harmful aspects of society.
(c) The destructive impulse of humanity.
(d) The refusal of commitment between lovers.

2. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?
(a) Market vendors loudly advertising their wares.
(b) Tragic dramas and historical stage-plays.
(c) Clownlike crowning and uncrownings at feasts.
(d) The debasement of the Church during Carnival.

3. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?
(a) They both fought bloody battles against the reigning monarch.
(b) They both travelled anonymously to Carnival festivities.
(c) He also was a prolific and controversial writer.
(d) He too challenged old political and social structures.

4. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:
(a) Melodrama.
(b) Farce.
(c) Comic drama.
(d) Tragedy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?

2. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.

3. To what are "swabs" most closely related?

4. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?

5. What word characterizes Medieval thinking, according to Bakhtin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the carnivalesque crowd in Rabelais' novel?

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

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

4. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

6. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

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

8. Describe the figure of "Gros Guillaume" and his significance to Rabelais' novel.

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

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

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