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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. According to Schneegans, what is the grotesque in art?
(a) A spoken-word performance involving violent acts.
(b) A portrait that has been defaced.
(c) A representation of an otherworldly object.
(d) A caricature that has reached exaggerated dimensions.

2. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(b) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.
(c) Juvenalian satires of public figures.
(d) The last charge of Charlemagne.

3. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(b) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(c) Limited to religious parody.
(d) Limited to parody of individuals.

4. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) Only the elite class was involved.
(b) It was purely a religious revolt.
(c) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(d) It continues into the present day.

5. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.
(b) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(c) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(d) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

2. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

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

4. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

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