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

2. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:
(a) Sacred themes, such as saints and relics.
(b) Marketplace vendors who cheated their customers.
(c) Monarchs who subjugated their people.
(d) Family ties, such as one's in-laws.

3. How does Bakhtin define the novel?
(a) As a worthless type of literature.
(b) As a multiplicity of styles.
(c) As a single-voiced text.
(d) As a work of pure imagination.

4. According to Bakhtin, the "birth" of the word by the clown is an example of:
(a) The switching of the lower bodily functions with the higher ones.
(b) The inherent comedic potential of words and speech.
(c) The privileging of intellect over the baser functions of the body.
(d) The difficulty of spreading information in an illiterate culture.

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(b) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(c) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

Short Answer Questions

1. What in Rabelais' novel is a travesty of Gospel miracles?

2. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:

3. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

4. What does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?

5. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?

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