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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, Chapter 3 - Popular-Festive Forms.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?
(a) The Medieval doctrine of faith.
(b) The Classical philosophy of stoicism.
(c) The Renaissance philosophy of humanism.
(d) The Christian doctrine of submission.

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

3. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:
(a) The power of the monarchy.
(b) The folk festival.
(c) The sanctity of the Church.
(d) The natural world.

4. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(b) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(c) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(d) Necessary to mercantile transactions.

5. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Impressionism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Futurism.
(d) Modernism.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

4. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

5. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

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