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. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
2. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?
3. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?
4. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
5. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was Bakhtin's relationship with the Russian Union of Writers?
2. What did the Medieval stage resemble?
3. What was the effect of the suspension of social hierarchies during Carnival?
4. What is the significance of "cuckoldry," and how is it portrayed?
5. How does Rabelais strengthen the exaggerated themes of his grotesque realism?
6. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-Ã -l'Ã¢ne"?
7. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?
8. Describe the Renaissance student writings.
9. Describe Friar John.
10. Why does Bakhtin state that in Rabelais' novel everyday kitchen implements and foods have an intrinsic value?
Discuss the nature of Medieval and Renaissance popular dramatic forms. On what occasions were performances held? What genre were these performances, and what was their common subject matter? What does Bakhtin mean when he asserts that such performances had no "footlights"? Citing examples from the text, explore the theme of universalism in these dramas.
Explain the role that herbalists, druggists, and physicians occupied in Renaissance France, and how Bakhtin incorporates them into his study of the marketplace in Rabelais' novel. How does Bakhtin relate the material body to physicians and medicine? How does Rabelais portray bodily ailments, physicians, heath, life, death, and birth?
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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