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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. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?
(a) Hippocrates' exclusive emphasis on folk culture.
(b) All his works were set in the marketplace.
(c) The theme of religious fervor in his works.
(d) The theme of the grotesque body in his works.

2. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
(a) Positive: woman is the light of the future, and must be celebrated.
(b) Negative: woman is the source of all sin, and must be oppressed.
(c) Ambivalent: woman is degraded but simultaneously regenerative.
(d) Materialist: woman is worth money, in her body or from her work.

3. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.
(b) Self-flagellating monks.
(c) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(d) Children dressed as animals.

4. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?
(a) The act of voting a new mayor and chasing the old one out of town.
(b) The rejection of an old husband and the crowning of a new husband.
(c) The portion of the feast in which all the fowl are consumed.
(d) The introduction of one rooster into a rowdy henhouse.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

2. The principle of "negation" in popular-festive imagery is always:

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

4. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?

5. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Friar John's description of the monastery belfry as "fecund"?

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

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

4. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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

7. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

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

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

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

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