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

2. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?
(a) A robber who stumbles across Gargantua's treasure.
(b) A market vendor scheming to cheat Gargantua.
(c) A scholar sent to recover church bells from Gargantua.
(d) A clown who mocks Gargantua at Carnival.

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

4. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?
(a) By studying manuscripts for long hours in monasteries.
(b) By attending many fairs and festivals and observing all the people there.
(c) By interviewing thousands of market vendors.
(d) By receiving a divine revelation.

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) An elderly scholar.
(b) An ironfisted dictator.
(c) A village boy.
(d) A pious priest.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

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

3. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

4. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?

5. What are the "intelligentsia"?

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