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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. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:
(a) The methods of marketplace vendors in overpricing their goods.
(b) Rabelais' view of the proper treatment of foreigners and peasants.
(c) The Renaissance notion that all which is already established is perfect.
(d) The Renaissance system of images that is perpetually regenerative and never decaying.

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

3. "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 disregard for the festive tradition.
(d) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.

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

5. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To celebrate his marriage.
(b) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(c) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(d) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:

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

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

(see the answer key)

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