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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. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Sexuality.
(b) Death.
(c) Spiritual awakening.
(d) Nature.

2. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?
(a) Vows spoken between lovers.
(b) Refereed debates between two clergymen.
(c) The tradition of festive speech.
(d) Bear-baiting in the town square.

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

4. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) Mostly comic.
(b) Generally revered.
(c) One with the earth.
(d) Frightening and terrible.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

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

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

5. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

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