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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. 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, especially during festivals.
(d) Yes, except for religious holidays.

2. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.
(b) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.
(c) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.
(d) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.

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

4. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.
(b) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(c) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.
(d) Its disregard for the festive tradition.

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.
(c) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(d) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

3. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?

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

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

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