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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 act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(b) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.
(c) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(d) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.

2. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Nature.
(b) Death.
(c) Spiritual awakening.
(d) Sexuality.

3. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(b) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(c) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(d) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:

3. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:

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

5. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

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