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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 13, Chapter 5 - The Grotesque Image of the Body Concludes and Chapter 6 - Images of the Material Bodily Lower Stratum.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?
(a) It exhorts its readers to record in writing their own experiences of fairs and of Carnival.
(b) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.
(c) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.
(d) It offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.

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

3. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:
(a) Intellectual stimulation.
(b) Victory and regeneration.
(c) Depression and resignation.
(d) Physical discomfort.

4. Carnival allowed:
(a) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(b) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(c) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(d) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) No, except during times of war.
(b) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(c) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(d) Yes, especially during festivals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

2. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

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

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

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