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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. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:
(a) The portions of the body that die over time, like hair and fingernails.
(b) The features of one's body in which one resembles one's parents.
(c) The generative organs which produce children.
(d) The record of births and deaths kept by local churches.

2. 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 is also decorated and celebrated.
(d) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.

3. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Invocations to the Muse.
(b) Blank verse.
(c) Complaints about love.
(d) Long lists of names and epithets.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?

2. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?

3. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

4. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?

5. Clowns and fools are:

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