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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 in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?
(a) Epistemon's resurrection and visions of the underworld.
(b) Panurge's seduction of a local knight's wife.
(c) Friar John's defense of the abbey vineyards and beating of thousands.
(d) Gargantua's glimpse into heaven and dialogue with God.

2. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
(a) The Gallic tradition.
(b) The Roman tradition.
(c) The Idealizing tradition.
(d) The English tradition.

3. How does Bakhtin define the episode involving Villon and Tappecoue?
(a) As an epic drama.
(b) As a historical re-enactment.
(c) As a comedic interlude.
(d) As a tragic farce.

4. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?
(a) Editorial remarks in the form of footnotes.
(b) Lists of games played in their own countries.
(c) Critical inquiry of the validity of Rabelais' portrayal of marketplace culture.
(d) Lists of street cries common in their own countries.

5. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Indian Wonders."
(b) The "New World Chronicles."
(c) The "Nordic Fictions."
(d) The "Oriental Tales."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?

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

4. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:

5. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bakhtin assert that we cannot make the mistake of interpreting Rabelais' images of the material body lower stratum with our modern sensibilities?

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

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

4. What is the connection between the banquet and speech?

5. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

6. Why is the "Hippocratic Anthology" significant to Rabelais' work?

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

8. Why does the logic of the grotesque ignore the closed surfaces of the body?

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

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

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