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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 significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?
(a) Critical inquiry of the validity of Rabelais' portrayal of marketplace culture.
(b) Lists of street cries common in their own countries.
(c) Editorial remarks in the form of footnotes.
(d) Lists of games played in their own countries.

2. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?
(a) The words are carefully chosen by the speaker to disgust the listener.
(b) The words combine two sides of the same form or feeling into an ambivalent but cohesive social structure.
(c) The words are spoken in a language the listener cannot understand, so they sound like gibberish.
(d) The words reflect incompatible sides of certain social classes of people.

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

4. How does Bakhtin say Ivan the Terrible of Russia was similar to Rabelais?
(a) He also was a prolific and controversial writer.
(b) He too challenged old political and social structures.
(c) They both travelled anonymously to Carnival festivities.
(d) They both fought bloody battles against the reigning monarch.

5. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?
(a) Like a criminal: charged, tried, and punished.
(b) Like a child: pampered, sheltered, and beloved.
(c) Like a god: worshipped, feared, and obeyed.
(d) Like a clown: beaten, travestied, and transformed.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?

2. Bakhtin asserts that in Rabelais' time, food and banquets always contained a sense of:

3. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

4. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

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

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