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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. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(b) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.
(c) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.
(d) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.

2. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(b) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(c) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(d) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.

3. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?
(a) The words combine two sides of the same form or feeling into an ambivalent but cohesive social structure.
(b) The words are carefully chosen by the speaker to disgust the listener.
(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.

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

5. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A debasing description of the French people.
(b) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(c) A caricature of the Pope.
(d) A travestied allusion to Communion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Renaissance humanists attempt to suppress oaths and profanities?

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

3. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

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

5. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

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