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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. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?
(a) It is the person who brings up the rear of the great Carnival parade.
(b) It is a person who is hostile to laughter or who does not know how to laugh.
(c) It is a person who delights in causing pain to others.
(d) It is an elderly person whose grouchy moods isolate him/her.

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

3. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:
(a) A "hopeful space."
(b) A "final destination."
(c) A "terrible fright."
(d) A "crossroads."

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

5. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?
(a) The painted, the sketched, and the acted.
(b) The clownish, the burlesque, and the grotesque.
(c) The grotesque, the ridiculous, and the satiric.
(d) The satiric, the clownish, and the visual.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?

2. Why did Hippocrates assert such an influence on Rabelais?

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

4. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

5. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is "cosmic fear," and how is it treated in Renaissance folk culture?

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

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

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

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