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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 Bakhtin, what is the function of art?
(a) To be sold for money or services.
(b) To be beautiful in and of itself.
(c) To communicate meaningful messages.
(d) To glorify the artist.

2. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Bread and wine in bodily form.
(b) The entire body of the people.
(c) The health risks of obesity.
(d) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.

3. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:
(a) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(b) The deep optimism inherent in Rabelais' view of marketplace culture.
(c) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.
(d) The cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.

4. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
(a) "Otherworldly."
(b) "Horrifying."
(c) "Scientific."
(d) "Grotesque."

5. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(b) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.
(c) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.
(d) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the word "pantagruel" colloquially mean in the Renaissance?

2. "Tripe" literally refers to:

3. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

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

5. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

(see the answer key)

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