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

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

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

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

5. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(b) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(c) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.
(d) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

5. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:

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