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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. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:
(a) Sex and death.
(b) Piety and cruelty.
(c) Envy and greed.
(d) Gluttony and desire.

2. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.
(a) Human and animal organs.
(b) Human and animal consciousness.
(c) Earthly and divine spiritual relationships.
(d) Children and adults.

3. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?
(a) Vows spoken between lovers.
(b) Bear-baiting in the town square.
(c) The tradition of festive speech.
(d) Refereed debates between two clergymen.

4. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) Certain societies eat only certain foods.
(b) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.
(c) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
(d) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.

5. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.
(a) Upward.
(b) Conservative.
(c) Liberal.
(d) Downward.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

4. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

5. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Bakhtin mean when he writes that popular-festive carnivalesque performances have no "footlights"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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