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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 associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) The last charge of Charlemagne.
(b) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(c) Juvenalian satires of public figures.
(d) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.

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

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

4. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(b) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(c) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(d) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

2. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

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

4. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

5. In Rabelais' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:

(see the answer key)

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