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

2. "Tripe" literally refers to:
(a) The main blood vessel in the brain of a human.
(b) A type of freshwater fish.
(c) A type of songbird.
(d) The stomach and bowels of cattle.

3. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.
(b) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(c) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(d) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.

4. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?
(a) Games defined the distinction between social classes.
(b) Gaming was deemed sinful and was forbidden by the Church.
(c) Gaming reinforced the "official" ways of thinking.
(d) Games represented another form of understanding the cycle of life.

5. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1917.
(c) 1850.
(d) 1936.

Short Answer Questions

1. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?

2. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

3. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?

4. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:

5. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

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