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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. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.
(b) The health risks of obesity.
(c) The entire body of the people.
(d) Bread and wine in bodily form.

2. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(b) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(c) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(d) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.

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

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

5. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(b) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(c) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(d) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

2. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

3. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?

4. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

5. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

(see the answer key)

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