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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
(a) The liver and gallbladder's production of bile.
(b) The material body lower stratum.
(c) The spiritual intellect's conversant function
(d) The material body upper stratum.

2. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
(a) It stresses the destruction of the established order and hierarchy of society.
(b) It is always sung in a rhymed singsong tone.
(c) It stresses the importance of feasting and drinking.
(d) It focuses on gaiety and humor.

3. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?
(a) They both travelled anonymously to Carnival festivities.
(b) He too challenged old political and social structures.
(c) They both fought bloody battles against the reigning monarch.
(d) He also was a prolific and controversial writer.

4. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?
(a) Arms of strong warriors.
(b) Female genitalia.
(c) Bull horns.
(d) Monks' robes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:

2. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?

3. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:

4. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

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

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