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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. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
(a) Materialist: woman is worth money, in her body or from her work.
(b) Ambivalent: woman is degraded but simultaneously regenerative.
(c) Positive: woman is the light of the future, and must be celebrated.
(d) Negative: woman is the source of all sin, and must be oppressed.

2. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
(a) It stresses the destruction of the established order and hierarchy of society.
(b) It focuses on gaiety and humor.
(c) It is always sung in a rhymed singsong tone.
(d) It stresses the importance of feasting and drinking.

3. Bakhtin notes that two of the most commonly combined themes in Medieval popular literature relating to monks are:
(a) Piety and cruelty.
(b) Sex and death.
(c) Envy and greed.
(d) Gluttony and desire.

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

5. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Religious fervor.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Sexual intercourse.
(d) Defecation.

Short Answer Questions

1. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:

2. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:

3. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:

4. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?

5. What body part is most often used in grotesque caricatures of sexual potency?

(see the answer key)

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