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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. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(b) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(c) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(d) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.

2. 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) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(c) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(d) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.

3. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?
(a) Observing nature.
(b) Eating.
(c) Conversation.
(d) Sexual intercourse.

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

5. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:
(a) Gluttony and desire.
(b) Sex and death.
(c) Envy and greed.
(d) Piety and cruelty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

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

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

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

5. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

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