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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. According to Bakhtin, how did Rabelais invent many of the locales and characters in his novel?
(a) He abused drugs and wrote down his hallucinations.
(b) He traveled much and met many people.
(c) He wrote many letters asking friends for ideas.
(d) He rewrote stories from his childhood.

2. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
(a) Catholicism's huge influence in Europe.
(b) The health risks of obesity.
(c) The entire body of the people.
(d) Bread and wine in bodily form.

3. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?
(a) Public thrashings.
(b) Clowns and fools.
(c) Carnival.
(d) Street cries.

4. 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) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.
(c) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(d) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(b) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(c) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(d) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.

Short Answer Questions

1. "The Treatise of Garcia of Toledo," which Bakhtin cites, is notable for:

2. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:

3. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

4. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:

5. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

(see the answer key)

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