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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 wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.
(b) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(c) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(d) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.

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

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

4. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(b) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.
(c) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(d) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

2. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:

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

4. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

5. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

(see the answer key)

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