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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. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?
(a) Another Friar challenged him.
(b) As a show of force to deter invaders.
(c) To save France from atheism.
(d) To save the abbey's vineyards.

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

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

4. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.
(b) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(c) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(d) Peasants and tax collectors.

5. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) A man who fasted for a year.
(b) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.
(c) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(d) Greed which results in a shortage of food.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

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