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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, Chapter 2 - Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(b) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(c) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(d) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.

2. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:
(a) The ignorance of the peasantry.
(b) The ecclesiastical persuasiveness of the Church.
(c) The fables of ancient Greece.
(d) The pomp and circumstance of the aristocracy.

3. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(b) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(c) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(d) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.

4. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Members of the aristocracy whose political ideals are not in keeping with Rabelais' ideals.
(b) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(c) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.
(d) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.

5. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) Frightening and terrible.
(b) Generally revered.
(c) One with the earth.
(d) Mostly comic.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

2. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

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

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

5. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?

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