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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) Losing a debate with a scholar.
(b) Being eaten or swallowed up.
(c) Sexual fulfillment.
(d) Passing out after drinking too much wine.

2. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.
(b) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.
(c) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.
(d) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.

3. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Dante's _Divine Comedy_
(b) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_
(c) Plato's _Symposium_
(d) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_

4. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From singular to universal.
(b) From accepted to encouraged.
(c) From spiritual to earthly.
(d) From universal to restricted.

5. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(b) The image of Rabelais himself.
(c) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.
(d) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

2. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

3. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:

4. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

5. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

(see the answer key)

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