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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 defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(b) A caricature of the Pope.
(c) A travestied allusion to Communion.
(d) A debasing description of the French people.

2. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' plan for Pantagruel's journey?
(a) Rabelais' fanciful, imaginative creation of impossible places.
(b) Rabelais' critique of contemporary politics.
(c) Rabelais' response to his world's changing geography.
(d) Rabelais' own morbid fascination with death.

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

4. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?
(a) As an indication of his own increasing wealth.
(b) As a promise of Armageddon and the return of Christ.
(c) As a representation of a tennis match.
(d) As a promise of winter floods and summer drought.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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