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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. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(b) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(c) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(d) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."

2. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.
(b) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.
(c) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.
(d) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.

3. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?
(a) Because its purpose was a mystery in the Renaissance.
(b) Because it is evidence of humankind's presence on the earth.
(c) Because it exclusively connotes badness or evil.
(d) Because it is intermediate between earth and body.

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(b) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(c) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(d) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.

5. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A caricature of the Pope.
(b) A debasing description of the French people.
(c) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(d) A travestied allusion to Communion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

2. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

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

4. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:

5. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

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