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

2. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(b) No, except during times of war.
(c) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(d) Yes, especially during festivals.

3. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?
(a) As a show of force to deter invaders.
(b) To save France from atheism.
(c) Another Friar challenged him.
(d) To save the abbey's vineyards.

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.
(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 excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

2. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:

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

4. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

(see the answer key)

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