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

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

3. 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.

4. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.
(b) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.
(c) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.
(d) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?

3. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

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

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

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