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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. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The defense of France against Charles V.
(b) The Black Death.
(c) The Norman Invasion.
(d) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.

2. Carnival allowed:
(a) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(b) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(c) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(d) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.

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

4. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Plato's _Symposium_
(b) Dante's _Divine Comedy_
(c) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_
(d) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

2. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

4. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

5. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

(see the answer key)

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