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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11, Chapter 3 - Popular - Festive Forms.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Gargantua steal the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral?
(a) To frighten the townsfolk of Paris.
(b) To celebrate his marriage.
(c) To sound the alarm for an impending invasion.
(d) To decorate the harness of his horse.

2. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:
(a) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(b) The cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.
(c) The deep optimism inherent in Rabelais' view of marketplace culture.
(d) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.

3. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.
(b) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.
(c) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(d) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.

4. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?
(a) The cries suggest a deep discontent in the Parisian populace.
(b) The cries negate the revitalization of the marketplace.
(c) The cries combine the reality of practical life with festive utopian universalism.
(d) The cries were the people's only method of exchanging ideas.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Carnival allowed:

2. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

3. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

4. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

(see the answer key)

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