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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 especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?
(a) Predictions concerning lovers.
(b) Predictions of wars and slaughter.
(c) Images of the wrath of nature and of destruction.
(d) Images of the material body and of festivity.

2. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?
(a) The throat and the act of swallowing.
(b) The torso and the mass of the individual.
(c) The legs and the height of the individual.
(d) The genitals and the act of sexual intercourse.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?

2. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

3. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.

4. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?

5. In grotesque realism, the body is most often represented as:

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the two opposing lines of thought in the "querelle des femmes."

2. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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

5. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

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

10. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?

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