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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' novel, the words "to die" are closely associated with:
(a) Being eaten or swallowed up.
(b) Sexual fulfillment.
(c) Losing a debate with a scholar.
(d) Passing out after drinking too much wine.

2. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:
(a) The individual's sexual purity.
(b) The overall health of the individual.
(c) The social status of the individual.
(d) The inherent evilness or goodness of the individual.

3. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:
(a) Adherence to the rules of proper religious worship.
(b) Demonstration of rigid and correctly class-conscious behavior.
(c) Themes of unofficial laughter and banquet imagery.
(d) Themes of human sadness, pessimism, and regret.

4. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) Only one possible message.
(b) A system of values.
(c) The materials from which the art is constructed.
(d) Whatever the audience chooses.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rabelais associate closely with the underworld?

2. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

3. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?

4. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

5. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

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