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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. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) A spirit impregnating her.
(b) Casting a spell of birth.
(c) Eating too much tripe.
(d) Praying for a child.

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

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

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(b) An elite spy organization.
(c) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(d) A group of exclusively male scholars.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:

2. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?

3. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

4. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

(see the answer key)

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