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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 finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.
(b) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
(c) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.
(d) Certain societies eat only certain foods.

2. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Indian Wonders."
(b) The "Nordic Fictions."
(c) The "New World Chronicles."
(d) The "Oriental Tales."

3. 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) Medieval Latin, Old French, and Middle French.
(c) Classic Latin, Middle French, and vernacular French.
(d) Classic Latin, Medieval Latin, and vernacular French.

4. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?
(a) A portrait that has been defaced.
(b) A representation of an otherworldly object.
(c) A caricature that has reached exaggerated dimensions.
(d) A spoken-word performance involving violent acts.

5. The principle of "negation" in popular-festive imagery is always:
(a) Spiritual and sacred: following the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
(b) Vulgar and dirty: always having to do with the material body lower stratum.
(c) Tangible and obvious: one thing turned about for another.
(d) Abstract and theoretical: imaginary rather than actualized.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

2. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' language, and the language of Renaissance France, was above all:

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

4. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?

5. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bakhtin mean when he writes that popular-festive carnivalesque performances have no "footlights"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was "prandial libertinism"?

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

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