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

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

3. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:
(a) Sexual fulfillment.
(b) Passing out after drinking too much wine.
(c) Losing a debate with a scholar.
(d) Being eaten or swallowed up.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

2. Bakhtin finds food and drink representative of society because:

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

4. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

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

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