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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. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Sexuality.
(b) Nature.
(c) Spiritual awakening.
(d) Death.

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

3. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.
(b) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(c) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.
(d) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.

4. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
(a) It stresses the importance of feasting and drinking.
(b) It is always sung in a rhymed singsong tone.
(c) It stresses the destruction of the established order and hierarchy of society.
(d) It focuses on gaiety and humor.

5. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?
(a) With complete understanding of Medieval and Renaissance culture.
(b) With disgust and negative criticism.
(c) With an appreciation of, and interest in, the grotesque.
(d) They ignored Rabelais completely.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?

2. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?

3. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

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