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

2. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Invocations to the Muse.
(b) Blank verse.
(c) Long lists of names and epithets.
(d) Complaints about love.

3. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?
(a) Predictions of wars and slaughter.
(b) Images of the material body and of festivity.
(c) Predictions concerning lovers.
(d) Images of the wrath of nature and of destruction.

4. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?
(a) Lists of games played in their own countries.
(b) Critical inquiry of the validity of Rabelais' portrayal of marketplace culture.
(c) Editorial remarks in the form of footnotes.
(d) Lists of street cries common in their own countries.

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(b) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(c) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(d) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:

2. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

3. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

4. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

(see the answer key)

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