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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 revealed in images of "negation"?
(a) The refusal of commitment between lovers.
(b) The opposition to the official world.
(c) The destructive impulse of humanity.
(d) The harmful aspects of society.

2. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?
(a) The Classical philosophy of stoicism.
(b) The Christian doctrine of submission.
(c) The Medieval doctrine of faith.
(d) The Renaissance philosophy of humanism.

3. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?
(a) Inaccessible.
(b) Ambivalent.
(c) Pessimistic.
(d) Artistic.

4. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(b) Its disregard for the festive tradition.
(c) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.
(d) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

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

3. In the example Schneegans offers, what does Rabelais' Friar John assert makes women fertile?

4. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

4. Why are eating and drinking two of the most important manifestations of the grotesque body?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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