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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. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:
(a) Its portrayal of the gluttony of the Pope.
(b) Its simple philosophy of religious asceticism.
(c) Its disregard for the festive tradition.
(d) Its retelling of ancient myths and fables.

2. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Members of the aristocracy whose political ideals are not in keeping with Rabelais' ideals.
(b) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(c) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.
(d) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.

3. What was the most prevalent medium of the culture of the common folk in the Renaissance?
(a) The spoken word.
(b) Semaphore signals.
(c) Printed newspapers.
(d) Pantomime.

4. Bakhtin believes that novels are:
(a) Random, like stream-of-consciousness.
(b) Socially charged and polemical.
(c) Inherently confessional.
(d) Utterly separate from the author's own life.

5. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The Black Death.
(b) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.
(c) The Norman Invasion.
(d) The defense of France against Charles V.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

3. In Rabelais' novel, the "ancestral body" to which Bakhtin refers means:

4. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

5. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:

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