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

2. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(b) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.
(c) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(d) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.

3. Bakhtin generally finds Goethe's sense of Carnival's _____________ to agree with his own views.
(a) Universalism.
(b) Religiousness.
(c) Poetic expression.
(d) Pessimism.

4. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?
(a) Tragic dramas and historical stage-plays.
(b) The debasement of the Church during Carnival.
(c) Market vendors loudly advertising their wares.
(d) Clownlike crowning and uncrownings at feasts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:

2. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:

3. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?

4. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?

5. How does Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel challenge and attempt to change Catholic dogma?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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