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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. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To celebrate his marriage.
(b) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(c) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(d) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.

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

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(b) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(c) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.
(d) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.

4. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(b) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(c) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(d) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

2. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:

3. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

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

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

(see the answer key)

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