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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 Black Death.
(b) The defense of France against Charles V.
(c) The Norman Invasion.
(d) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.

2. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:
(a) Objective and editorially distant.
(b) Loaded with comparatives and superlatives.
(c) Quietly reflective and speculative.
(d) Purely abusive and vulgar.

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

4. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To celebrate his marriage.
(b) To decorate the harness of his horse.
(c) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(d) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

2. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?

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

4. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

5. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

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