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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 are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?
(a) Medieval Latin, Middle French, and Middle German.
(b) Classic Latin, Middle French, and vernacular French.
(c) Classic Latin, Medieval Latin, and vernacular French.
(d) Medieval Latin, Old French, and Middle French.

2. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Sexual intercourse.
(b) Eating.
(c) Observing nature.
(d) Conversation.

3. How does Bakhtin define the episode involving Villon and Tappecoue?
(a) As a historical re-enactment.
(b) As a tragic farce.
(c) As a comedic interlude.
(d) As an epic drama.

4. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?
(a) The body gets restricted and individualized.
(b) The body is exalted for its natural functions only.
(c) The body expands to include the universal consciousness.
(d) The body appears to reduce in size and strength.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?

2. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:

3. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:

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

5. Bakhtin generally finds Goethe's sense of Carnival's _____________ to agree with his own views.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the connection between the banquet and speech?

8. What is "cosmic fear," and how is it treated in Renaissance folk culture?

9. What did the Medieval stage resemble?

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

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