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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 16, Chapter 7 - Rabelais' Images & His Time.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Classical myths.
(b) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.
(c) Predictions of the future.
(d) Historical allusions.

2. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.
(b) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(c) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(d) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.

3. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:
(a) Nature and the earth.
(b) Sex and love.
(c) Food and battles.
(d) Intellect and spirit.

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

5. How does Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel challenge and attempt to change Catholic dogma?
(a) It assumes that the body, in addition to the soul, is also immortal.
(b) It argues that all forms of faith are equally valid.
(c) It asserts that there is no heaven, only hell.
(d) It re-envisions the doctrine of the trinity by adding humans to it.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

3. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?

4. What is especially apparent in Rabelais' own "Pantagruelesque Prognostic" prophecy?

5. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:

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