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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?

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

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

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

5. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

(see the answer key)

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