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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. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.
(b) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.
(c) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.
(d) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.

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

3. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Impressionism.
(b) Futurism.
(c) Expressionism.
(d) Modernism.

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(b) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.
(c) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.
(d) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

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

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

4. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

5. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

(see the answer key)

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