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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. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The spiritual interior essence.
(b) The head and eyes.
(c) The material lower stratum.
(d) The arms and legs.

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?
(a) By celebrating mock weddings.
(b) By celebrating Mass.
(c) By offering people absolution from their sins.
(d) By giving away his possessions.

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

4. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.
(b) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.
(c) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.
(d) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(b) Yes, especially during festivals.
(c) No, except during times of war.
(d) Yes, except for religious holidays.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

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

3. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

4. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:

5. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

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