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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. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?
(a) The final event of Carnival, in which the Church gives alms to the poor.
(b) The great feast in the middle of Carnival where everyone eats tripe.
(c) A parade showcasing exotic animals and curious goods from distant lands.
(d) A portion of Carnival where everyone tries to blow out each other's candles.

2. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?
(a) That he will not be able to have a son.
(b) That his wife will never love him.
(c) That he will eventually be cuckolded.
(d) That he will marry an ugly woman.

3. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(c) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To move the plot along.
(b) To give one character a strong voice.
(c) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(d) To demonstrate thinking out loud.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:

2. What were "street cries"?

3. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

4. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?

5. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:

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