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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 Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.
(b) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.
(c) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.
(d) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.

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

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

4. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(b) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(c) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(d) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.

5. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Nature with artifice.
(b) Slaughter with feasting.
(c) Love with hate.
(d) Human instinct with forethought.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:

3. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?

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

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

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