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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. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(b) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(c) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(d) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.

2. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?
(a) A market vendor scheming to cheat Gargantua.
(b) A clown who mocks Gargantua at Carnival.
(c) A scholar sent to recover church bells from Gargantua.
(d) A robber who stumbles across Gargantua's treasure.

3. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A pious priest.
(b) An elderly scholar.
(c) A village boy.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

4. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.
(b) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
(c) Certain societies eat only certain foods.
(d) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

4. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

5. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

(see the answer key)

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