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

2. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
(a) "Horrifying."
(b) "Grotesque."
(c) "Scientific."
(d) "Otherworldly."

3. 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) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(d) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.

4. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?
(a) A curse one shouts at another, meaning, "To the devil with you!"
(b) A series of prayers one says to beg forgiveness for misbehavior.
(c) A type of behavior manual that purports to stop devilish behavior.
(d) A portion of Carnival in which actors dress up as devils.

5. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(b) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.
(c) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(d) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?

2. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

3. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?

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

5. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the significance of Gargantua's birth.

4. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-à-l'âne"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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