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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?
(a) People living in Pantagruel's mouth.
(b) Gargamelle eating an entire cow in one bite.
(c) God's breath creating the four winds.
(d) Gargantua drinking the entire Seine river.

2. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(b) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(c) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(d) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.

3. In the example Schneegans offers, what does Rabelais' Friar John assert makes women fertile?
(a) The caress of a king.
(b) Prayer to the protective saint of childbirth.
(c) Eating a lot of tripe.
(d) The shadow of the abbey belfry

4. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
(a) The novel offers spiritual guidance through hard times.
(b) The novel provides a merry alternative to suffering.
(c) The novel chastises the people for bringing suffering on themselves.
(d) The novel reinforces the misery the people suffered.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

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

3. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

4. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?

5. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?

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