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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. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(b) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.
(c) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(d) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.

2. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?
(a) An earthquake that disrupts Carnival.
(b) Pantagruel's education in the druggists' shops.
(c) A battle won by the French against the English.
(d) Gargantua's drenching of the city in urine.

3. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?
(a) A curse one shouts at another, meaning, "To the devil with you!"
(b) A portion of Carnival in which actors dress up as devils.
(c) A type of behavior manual that purports to stop devilish behavior.
(d) A series of prayers one says to beg forgiveness for misbehavior.

4. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) Language does not actually express anything.
(b) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(c) All languages are one.
(d) No word can actually ever be defined.

5. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:
(a) Body.
(b) Family.
(c) Mind.
(d) Spirit.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

2. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

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

4. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

5. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:

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