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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 15, Chapter 6 - Images of the Material Bodily Lower Stratum.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Classical myths.
(b) Predictions of the future.
(c) Historical allusions.
(d) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.

2. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
(a) "Grotesque."
(b) "Horrifying."
(c) "Otherworldly."
(d) "Scientific."

3. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?
(a) The Classical philosophy of stoicism.
(b) The Renaissance philosophy of humanism.
(c) The Medieval doctrine of faith.
(d) The Christian doctrine of submission.

4. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.
(b) A man who fasted for a year.
(c) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(d) Greed which results in a shortage of food.

5. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(c) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(d) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?

2. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?

3. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

4. "Tripe" literally refers to:

5. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

(see the answer key)

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