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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 episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Human instinct with forethought.
(b) Nature with artifice.
(c) Slaughter with feasting.
(d) Love with hate.

2. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Dante's _Divine Comedy_
(b) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_
(c) Plato's _Symposium_
(d) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_

3. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?
(a) To save France from atheism.
(b) To save the abbey's vineyards.
(c) Another Friar challenged him.
(d) As a show of force to deter invaders.

4. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(b) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(c) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(d) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.

5. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:
(a) Thought and spirit.
(b) Heresy.
(c) Death and birth.
(d) Alchemy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:

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

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

4. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?

5. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?

(see the answer key)

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