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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. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its disregard for the festive tradition.
(b) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.
(c) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(d) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.

2. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.
(a) Acts of war.
(b) Intelligent scholars.
(c) Banquet images.
(d) Secrets of lovers.

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

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.
(b) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.
(c) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(d) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.

5. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.
(b) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(c) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(d) Peasants and tax collectors.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

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

3. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

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

5. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

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