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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 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 accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(d) By insulting the targets' mothers.

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

3. What were "street cries"?
(a) The warnings people yell when they throw the contents of their chamber pot out the window.
(b) The shouted, versified advertisements of market vendors.
(c) The calls of the city bellringer telling the time.
(d) The sobs of orphans who live on the street.

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

5. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?
(a) Predictions concerning lovers.
(b) Predictions of wars and slaughter.
(c) Images of the wrath of nature and of destruction.
(d) Images of the material body and of festivity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

2. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?

3. How does Bakhtin define the episode involving Villon and Tappecoue?

4. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?

5. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

(see the answer key)

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