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

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

3. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?
(a) The way young people are educated.
(b) Physically demanding activities.
(c) Herbs and medicines.
(d) Interactions between men and women.

4. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?
(a) He was questioned about his loyalty to France, then drafted into the army.
(b) He was attacked by the Church and the government, but he remained free and successful.
(c) He was praised for his honest portrayals of the people and given a government pension.
(d) He was severely censured by the Church, then imprisoned and killed.

5. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
(a) The National Writers' Agency.
(b) The Soviet Society of National Fiction.
(c) The Russian Union of Writers.
(d) The Post-Revolution Press

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Bakhtin compare the various cries of Paris?

2. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

3. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

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

5. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

(see the answer key)

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