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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. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
2. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:
3. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
4. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
5. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the "Hippocratic Anthology" significant to Rabelais' work?
2. What is the role of games in Rabelais' work?
3. How does Rabelais use the element of popular speech known as "coq-à-l'âne"?
4. Why are eating and drinking two of the most important manifestations of the grotesque body?
5. What is the significance of "cuckoldry," and how is it portrayed?
6. What is the nature of the carnivalesque crowd in Rabelais' novel?
7. How does Rabelais strengthen the exaggerated themes of his grotesque realism?
8. Why does the logic of the grotesque ignore the closed surfaces of the body?
9. Describe the figure of "Gros Guillaume" and his significance to Rabelais' novel.
10. Why does Bakhtin assert that we cannot make the mistake of interpreting Rabelais' images of the material body lower stratum with our modern sensibilities?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the Medieval and Renaissance views of the world, including the individual, social, and cosmic aspects of the world. What spurred the change from the Medieval to the Renaissance way of thinking? How is this change, and the social, political, and religious controversies or struggles that accompanied it, evident in Rabelais' novel?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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