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

2. In grotesque realism, the body is most often represented as:
(a) Several separate units fighting with each other for superiority.
(b) A whole unit, interior merged with exterior.
(c) A faulty copy of the Divine.
(d) Subordinate to the higher functions of the brain.

3. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' language, and the language of Renaissance France, was above all:
(a) Stagnant and dead.
(b) Free and flexible.
(c) Strict and immobile.
(d) Lacking foreign influence.

4. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?
(a) Saying the Rosary.
(b) The High Mass.
(c) Papal indulgences.
(d) Communion.

5. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?
(a) He traveled much and met many people.
(b) He rewrote stories from his childhood.
(c) He wrote many letters asking friends for ideas.
(d) He abused drugs and wrote down his hallucinations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the etymology of Gargantua's name suggest his name means?

2. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.

3. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

5. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

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

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

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

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

7. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

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

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

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