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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, Chapter 2 - Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?
(a) Religious tracts.
(b) Political treatises.
(c) Biographies of public figures.
(d) Calendars or almanacs.

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

3. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?
(a) The Church received an annual tribute from Rabelais, so it overlooked his parodies.
(b) The clergy paid no attention to Rabelais' works.
(c) Rabelais maintains a comic style, so no one could mistake him for being serious.
(d) Rabelais follows every criticism with heartfelt praise.

4. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:
(a) The ignorance of the peasantry.
(b) The pomp and circumstance of the aristocracy.
(c) The ecclesiastical persuasiveness of the Church.
(d) The fables of ancient Greece.

5. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:
(a) Overindulgence in food, drink, and sex.
(b) Results of public punishments for social crimes.
(c) Divine retribution for one's sins.
(d) Results of a sickly infancy and childhood.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

2. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

3. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

4. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

5. Carnival allowed:

(see the answer key)

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