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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 especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?
(a) Images of the material body and of festivity.
(b) Predictions concerning lovers.
(c) Images of the wrath of nature and of destruction.
(d) Predictions of wars and slaughter.

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

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

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) The sin of violence is paramount in each.
(b) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(c) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.
(d) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.

5. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Observing nature.
(b) Conversation.
(c) Sexual intercourse.
(d) Eating.

Short Answer Questions

1. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

2. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

3. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' language, and the language of Renaissance France, was above all:

4. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

5. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

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

7. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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

10. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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