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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. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

2. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:

3. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:

4. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the figure of "Gros Guillaume" and his significance to Rabelais' novel.

2. What is the nature of the carnivalesque crowd in Rabelais' novel?

3. What is "cosmic fear," and how is it treated in Renaissance folk culture?

4. Why is the "Hippocratic Anthology" significant to Rabelais' work?

5. How does Rabelais construct the episode of Epistemon's resurrection and of his visions in the underworld?

6. What is the significance of the two Russian eras of history to which Bakhtin refers in Chapter Three?

7. Briefly describe the two opposing lines of thought in the "querelle des femmes."

8. How does Rabelais strengthen the exaggerated themes of his grotesque realism?

9. How do the Medieval and Renaissance pictures of the cosmos differ?

10. How does Rabelais respond to the geographical changes of his own time and world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How does Rabelais use myth in his work? What types of myth does he draw from (classical, popular, spiritual, etc.)? How are allusions to mythology a part of carnivalesque culture? Cite at least three specific examples of identifiable myths which Rabelais alludes to, alters, parodies, travesties, or repeats.

Essay Topic 3

Explore Bakhtin's study of language in Rabelais. What is "vernacular" or "colloquial" language? How is it different from "official" languages, like that of the Church or of the monarchy? How is verbal communication different from written communication, and who or what does each type of communication serve? How does Rabelais keep his language lively and never dull? How does Rabelais transform names, nicknames, proper nouns, and all other forms of speech?

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