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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. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?
(a) They are contrary to official modes of speech.
(b) Slaves are prohibited from using such forms of speech.
(c) A person can form any sound into a curse or profanity.
(d) Populist uprisings often have profanities and oaths in their declarations.

2. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
(a) Negative: woman is the source of all sin, and must be oppressed.
(b) Materialist: woman is worth money, in her body or from her work.
(c) Ambivalent: woman is degraded but simultaneously regenerative.
(d) Positive: woman is the light of the future, and must be celebrated.

3. What Renaissance series of works was highly influential to Rabelais' notion of the grotesque body?
(a) The "Indian Wonders."
(b) The "New World Chronicles."
(c) The "Oriental Tales."
(d) The "Nordic Fictions."

4. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?
(a) A type of thin porridge eaten exclusively by the very poor.
(b) Hoarseness caused by drinking too much.
(c) Foolish behavior caused by listening to fables.
(d) Articles of clothing, made of harsh cloth, that cover the legs.

5. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:
(a) The topography of the continents.
(b) The general conception of the divine.
(c) The separate portions of society.
(d) The human body itself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

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

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

4. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?

5. What are examples of that which Bakhtin calls "cosmic terrors"?

(see the answer key)

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