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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. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The head and eyes.
(b) The spiritual interior essence.
(c) The material lower stratum.
(d) The arms and legs.

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

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

4. 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.

5. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.
(b) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(c) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(d) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

4. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

5. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:

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