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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. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?
(a) By offering people absolution from their sins.
(b) By celebrating Mass.
(c) By giving away his possessions.
(d) By celebrating mock weddings.

2. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(b) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(c) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(d) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.

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

4. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The arms and legs.
(b) The head and eyes.
(c) The spiritual interior essence.
(d) The material lower stratum.

5. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?
(a) Individual, sentimental ideas.
(b) Neoclassical, rational, Enlightenment thought.
(c) The rediscovered works of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(d) Imaginative fantasy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?

2. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

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

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

5. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

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