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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 Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
(a) The novel offers spiritual guidance through hard times.
(b) The novel reinforces the misery the people suffered.
(c) The novel provides a merry alternative to suffering.
(d) The novel chastises the people for bringing suffering on themselves.

2. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A debasing description of the French people.
(b) A caricature of the Pope.
(c) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(d) A travestied allusion to Communion.

3. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?
(a) The general health of a town's population.
(b) Bodily restraint as a result of mind over matter.
(c) The swelling of religious fervor during holy days.
(d) Grotesque portrayals of the stomach, mouth, and genitals.

4. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?
(a) As a promise of Armageddon and the return of Christ.
(b) As a representation of a tennis match.
(c) As a promise of winter floods and summer drought.
(d) As an indication of his own increasing wealth.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?

2. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

3. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

4. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?

5. In Medieval satires, the dismemberment of portions of the body relates to:

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