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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

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

3. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?

4. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

5. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.

(see the answer key)

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