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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. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(b) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(c) By sharing them with an eager public.
(d) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.

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

3. What does Bakhtin consider the "symposium" of Medieval grotesque realism?
(a) Bear-baiting in the town square.
(b) Vows spoken between lovers.
(c) Refereed debates between two clergymen.
(d) The tradition of festive speech.

4. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:
(a) Overindulgence in food, drink, and sex.
(b) Results of a sickly infancy and childhood.
(c) Divine retribution for one's sins.
(d) Results of public punishments for social crimes.

5. What actual event probably inspired Rabelais' story of Pantagruel's birth?
(a) An earthquake which devastated southern France.
(b) The French victory of a battle with the Spanish.
(c) A famine resulting from an unusually cold winter.
(d) An unusual heat wave and drought.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?

2. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:

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

4. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

5. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

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