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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?



2. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?



3. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?



4. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?



5. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the speaker of the prologue of the Third Book invite only good men to drink?



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



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



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



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



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



7. How are being drenched in urine or covered in excrement treated in Rabelais' novel?



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



9. How is Bakhtin's book "double-voiced," as Michael Holquist asserts it is?



10. In general, what happened to the use of humor in literature after Rabelais' time?



Essay Topics

What role or roles do banquet images play in Rabelais' novel? How are they connected to popular-festive forms? How does Bakhtin interpret the material body in Rabelais' banquet imagery? How do banquets, eating, and drinking express folk culture? Refer to examples from the text.

How does Rabelais use myth in his work? What types of myth does he draw from (classical, popular, spiritual, etc.)? How are allusions to mythology a part of carnivalesque culture? Cite at least three specific examples of identifiable myths which Rabelais alludes to, alters, parodies, travesties, or repeats.

What is significant about the marketplace in the Renaissance? What is its relation to folk culture? How are social relationships conducted in the environment of the marketplace? How are the "street cries" significant aspects of folk culture? What other "unofficial" elements of communication, social commentary, and social interaction are especially prevalent in the marketplace? Are there any carnivalesque elements of the marketplace?

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