Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test 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 Topic 1
Describe the relationship between praise and abuse. Use examples of this theme from what Bakhtin identifies as billingsgate and marketplace language and from popular-festive forms in Chapters 2 and 3. How were praise and abuse part of the tradition of "unofficial" language, and specifically how did they oppose "official" language? Are there elements of the grotesque in praise and abuse?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the "querelle des femmes" and Rabelais' perspective on it. How does Rabelais' novel portray women and femininity? Is Bakhtin's explanation of Rabelais' perspective on the querelle des femmes problematic in any way? Feel free to address this issue using terms of modern feminist theory.
Essay Topic 3
Define the term "carnivalesque" as Bakhtin uses it. Then, demonstrate this definition by applying it to at least two of the episodes, characters, or scenes which take place in Rabelais' novel. What does the carnivalesque demonstrate about the nature of folk culture? What role does humor play in the carnivalesque?
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