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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. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(b) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(c) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.
(d) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.

2. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(b) Children dressed as animals.
(c) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.
(d) Self-flagellating monks.

3. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?
(a) The body expands to include the universal consciousness.
(b) The body gets restricted and individualized.
(c) The body appears to reduce in size and strength.
(d) The body is exalted for its natural functions only.

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

5. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.
(b) Predictions of the future.
(c) Classical myths.
(d) Historical allusions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:

2. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

3. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?

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

5. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

(see the answer key)

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