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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. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) An elderly scholar.
(b) A pious priest.
(c) A village boy.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

2. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:
(a) Victory and regeneration.
(b) Intellectual stimulation.
(c) Physical discomfort.
(d) Depression and resignation.

3. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Bread and wine in bodily form.
(b) The health risks of obesity.
(c) The entire body of the people.
(d) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

(see the answer key)

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