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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 are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?
(a) The sky, the sea, and natural disasters.
(b) Vengeful pagan deities.
(c) Atheists who insult and threaten God.
(d) Violent beings from another universe.

2. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) Casting a spell of birth.
(b) Eating too much tripe.
(c) Praying for a child.
(d) A spirit impregnating her.

3. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?
(a) Monks' robes.
(b) Female genitalia.
(c) Arms of strong warriors.
(d) Bull horns.

4. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?
(a) The depths of the human heart.
(b) Bodily depression after too much feasting.
(c) Various types of holes.
(d) Mountains and ridges.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

2. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

3. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?

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

5. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

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

5. How did games and gaming change after the Renaissance?

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

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

8. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

9. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?

10. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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