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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:

2. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?

3. What episode does Bakhtin cite as exemplifying the image of the gaping mouth prevalent in Rabelais' novel?

4. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:

5. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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