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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. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) One with the earth.
(b) Generally revered.
(c) Mostly comic.
(d) Frightening and terrible.

2. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(b) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(c) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.
(d) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.

3. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:
(a) The work of collecting and preparing meals was a community affair.
(b) The type of food or drink determines the type of person.
(c) Certain societies eat only certain foods.
(d) Feasts were the only time available for socialization.

4. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.
(b) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(c) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(d) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.

5. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?
(a) The tradition of festive speech.
(b) Refereed debates between two clergymen.
(c) Vows spoken between lovers.
(d) Bear-baiting in the town square.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

2. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

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

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

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