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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. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Sexual intercourse.
(b) Eating.
(c) Conversation.
(d) Observing nature.

2. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?
(a) By receiving a divine revelation.
(b) By attending many fairs and festivals and observing all the people there.
(c) By studying manuscripts for long hours in monasteries.
(d) By interviewing thousands of market vendors.

3. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(c) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(d) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.

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

5. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(b) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(c) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.
(d) To celebrate his marriage.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

4. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

5. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?

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