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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. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.
(b) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(c) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(d) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.

2. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?
(a) A caricature that has reached exaggerated dimensions.
(b) A portrait that has been defaced.
(c) A spoken-word performance involving violent acts.
(d) A representation of an otherworldly object.

3. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.
(b) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(c) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(d) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.

4. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:
(a) Mesopotamians.
(b) Phoenicians.
(c) Greeks.
(d) Romans.

5. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A caricature of the Pope.
(b) A debasing description of the French people.
(c) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(d) A travestied allusion to Communion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Rabelais collect most of his rich vocabulary?

2. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

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

4. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?

5. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Bakhtin mean when he writes that popular-festive carnivalesque performances have no "footlights"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Rabelais strengthen the exaggerated themes of his grotesque realism?

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

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