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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 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.

2. Carnival allowed:
(a) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(b) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(c) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(d) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.

3. What is a Renaissance "diablerie"?
(a) A curse one shouts at another, meaning, "To the devil with you!"
(b) A type of behavior manual that purports to stop devilish behavior.
(c) A portion of Carnival in which actors dress up as devils.
(d) A series of prayers one says to beg forgiveness for misbehavior.

4. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?
(a) The torso.
(b) The nose.
(c) The feet.
(d) The hands.

5. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(c) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(d) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

3. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:

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

5. Clowns and fools are:

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