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

2. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) Other writers strove to emulate his style.
(b) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.
(c) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.
(d) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.

3. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:
(a) Body.
(b) Family.
(c) Mind.
(d) Spirit.

4. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The image of Rabelais himself.
(b) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(c) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.
(d) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.

5. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(d) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:

2. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

3. What is the "sia ammazzato" of which Goethe writes?

4. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

5. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?

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