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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 the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(b) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(c) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.
(d) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.

2. How does Bakhtin define "folly" as it relates to festivity?
(a) Ambivalent.
(b) Pessimistic.
(c) Inaccessible.
(d) Artistic.

3. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.
(b) The Black Death.
(c) The defense of France against Charles V.
(d) The Norman Invasion.

4. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, especially during festivals.
(b) No, except during times of war.
(c) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(d) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.

5. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?
(a) Because it is intermediate between earth and body.
(b) Because its purpose was a mystery in the Renaissance.
(c) Because it is evidence of humankind's presence on the earth.
(d) Because it exclusively connotes badness or evil.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

2. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

3. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?

4. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?

5. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?

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