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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 are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(b) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.
(c) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(d) Peasants and tax collectors.

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?
(a) By giving away his possessions.
(b) By celebrating mock weddings.
(c) By celebrating Mass.
(d) By offering people absolution from their sins.

3. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?
(a) The clownish, the burlesque, and the grotesque.
(b) The grotesque, the ridiculous, and the satiric.
(c) The satiric, the clownish, and the visual.
(d) The painted, the sketched, and the acted.

4. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.
(b) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(c) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.
(d) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Renaissance humanists attempt to suppress oaths and profanities?

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

3. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?

4. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

5. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

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