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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 does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.
(b) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(c) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.
(d) The sin of violence is paramount in each.

2. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?
(a) Papal indulgences.
(b) Communion.
(c) Saying the Rosary.
(d) The High Mass.

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

4. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Spiritual awakening.
(b) Sexuality.
(c) Death.
(d) Nature.

5. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(b) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.
(c) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.
(d) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?

2. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

3. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

4. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

5. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?

(see the answer key)

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