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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 are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(b) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(c) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(d) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.

2. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(c) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

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

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

5. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(b) A man who fasted for a year.
(c) Greed which results in a shortage of food.
(d) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

3. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:

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

5. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

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