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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12, Chapter 4 - Banquet Imagery & Chapter 5 - The Grotesque Image of the Body and Its Sources.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Slaughter with feasting.
(b) Nature with artifice.
(c) Love with hate.
(d) Human instinct with forethought.

2. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A village boy.
(b) A pious priest.
(c) An elderly scholar.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

3. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.
(b) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(c) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(d) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.

4. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:
(a) Being eaten or swallowed up.
(b) Passing out after drinking too much wine.
(c) Losing a debate with a scholar.
(d) Sexual fulfillment.

5. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.
(b) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(c) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.
(d) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

2. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.

3. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

4. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

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