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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. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(b) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(c) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.
(d) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.

2. 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.

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

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

5. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?
(a) The final event of Carnival, in which the Church gives alms to the poor.
(b) A parade showcasing exotic animals and curious goods from distant lands.
(c) The great feast in the middle of Carnival where everyone eats tripe.
(d) A portion of Carnival where everyone tries to blow out each other's candles.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?

2. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

3. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?

4. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the figure of "Gros Guillaume" and his significance to Rabelais' novel.

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

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

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

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

7. How is "folly" ambivalent?

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

9. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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