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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. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Love with hate.
(b) Human instinct with forethought.
(c) Nature with artifice.
(d) Slaughter with feasting.

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

3. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?
(a) By attending many fairs and festivals and observing all the people there.
(b) By receiving a divine revelation.
(c) By interviewing thousands of market vendors.
(d) By studying manuscripts for long hours in monasteries.

4. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?
(a) The rejection of an old husband and the crowning of a new husband.
(b) The introduction of one rooster into a rowdy henhouse.
(c) The act of voting a new mayor and chasing the old one out of town.
(d) The portion of the feast in which all the fowl are consumed.

5. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(b) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.
(c) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(d) Peasants and tax collectors.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

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

3. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?

4. Medieval parodies were:

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

(see the answer key)

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