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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 does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(b) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(c) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(d) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.

2. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?
(a) The body gets restricted and individualized.
(b) The body expands to include the universal consciousness.
(c) The body appears to reduce in size and strength.
(d) The body is exalted for its natural functions only.

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

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

5. Bakhtin finds that ___________ are especially closely interwoven with the grotesque body.
(a) Banquet images.
(b) Secrets of lovers.
(c) Acts of war.
(d) Intelligent scholars.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?

3. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?

4. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:

5. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:

(see the answer key)

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