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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. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:

2. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?

3. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

5. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do oaths and profanities fill in Rabelais' novel?

2. What do Rabelais' long lists of names and epithets signify?

3. Describe the Renaissance student writings.

4. What does Rabelais parody with the character of Janotus de Bragmardo?

5. What about the episode of the Lord of Basche is carnivalesque?

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

7. What is Bakhtin's general idea about the purpose of art?

8. What does tripe represent, in Bakhtin's analysis?

9. What is the underlying nature of all of Rabelais' images?

10. How does Bakhtin interpret the prologue of _Pantagruel_?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the structure, the presence, and the purpose of the Foreword and the Prologue. What do they offer to the reader? What is the purpose of a foreword or a prologue--what is the function of writing an introduction to someone else's book? Can, or do, such prefatory remarks influence the reader's experience of the text? Can reading ever be a "pure" activity with no outside influence of opinion?

Essay Topic 3

What is a "blazon"? How are blazons part of the carnivalesque and grotesque traditions of folk humor? What sorts of people or things were turned into blazons, and why? How is the theme of duality related to the blazon? How does Rabelais employ blazons in his novel?

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