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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. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.
(b) Its disregard for the festive tradition.
(c) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(d) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.

2. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Bread and wine in bodily form.
(b) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.
(c) The entire body of the people.
(d) The health risks of obesity.

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

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

5. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:
(a) The features of one's body in which one resembles one's parents.
(b) The generative organs which produce children.
(c) The record of births and deaths kept by local churches.
(d) The portions of the body that die over time, like hair and fingernails.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?

3. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?

4. In the example Schneegans offers, what does Rabelais' Friar John assert makes women fertile?

5. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is significant about the language in which Rabelais writes and the sources of many of his words?

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

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

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

10. How does Rabelais construct the episode of Epistemon's resurrection and of his visions in the underworld?

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