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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 "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?
(a) The way people act differently around those of another social class.
(b) The celebratory but degrading impulse toward gluttony, scatology, and sex.
(c) Man's higher spiritual calling.
(d) The thoughtfulness of the individual mind.

2. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(b) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(c) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.
(d) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.

3. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Timid and quiet.
(b) Abusive and derogatory.
(c) Free and frank.
(d) Distantly suggestive.

4. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?
(a) The cries suggest a deep discontent in the Parisian populace.
(b) The cries combine the reality of practical life with festive utopian universalism.
(c) The cries were the people's only method of exchanging ideas.
(d) The cries negate the revitalization of the marketplace.

5. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?
(a) With complete understanding of Medieval and Renaissance culture.
(b) They ignored Rabelais completely.
(c) With an appreciation of, and interest in, the grotesque.
(d) With disgust and negative criticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?

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

3. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?

4. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

5. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?

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