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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. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(b) Greed which results in a shortage of food.
(c) A man who fasted for a year.
(d) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.

2. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.
(b) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.
(c) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(d) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.

3. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?
(a) The depths of the human heart.
(b) Various types of holes.
(c) Bodily depression after too much feasting.
(d) Mountains and ridges.

4. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) Eating too much tripe.
(b) Casting a spell of birth.
(c) Praying for a child.
(d) A spirit impregnating her.

5. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:
(a) A "final destination."
(b) A "hopeful space."
(c) A "crossroads."
(d) A "terrible fright."

Short Answer Questions

1. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?

2. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?

3. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?

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

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

5. How is "folly" ambivalent?

6. How did games and gaming change after the Renaissance?

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

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

9. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

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

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