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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. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) The last charge of Charlemagne.
(b) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.
(c) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(d) Juvenalian satires of public figures.

2. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:
(a) Greeks.
(b) Romans.
(c) Phoenicians.
(d) Mesopotamians.

3. 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.

4. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?
(a) To glorify the artist.
(b) To be beautiful in and of itself.
(c) To be sold for money or services.
(d) To communicate meaningful messages.

5. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?
(a) The general health of a town's population.
(b) The swelling of religious fervor during holy days.
(c) Bodily restraint as a result of mind over matter.
(d) Grotesque portrayals of the stomach, mouth, and genitals.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Carnival allowed:

3. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

4. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?

5. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

(see the answer key)

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