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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. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Religious fervor.
(b) Sexual intercourse.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Defecation.

2. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(b) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.
(c) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.
(d) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.

3. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?
(a) By interviewing thousands of market vendors.
(b) By receiving a divine revelation.
(c) By attending many fairs and festivals and observing all the people there.
(d) By studying manuscripts for long hours in monasteries.

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) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

5. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?
(a) A robber who stumbles across Gargantua's treasure.
(b) A scholar sent to recover church bells from Gargantua.
(c) A clown who mocks Gargantua at Carnival.
(d) A market vendor scheming to cheat Gargantua.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?

3. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:

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

5. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

(see the answer key)

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