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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. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:
(a) Farce.
(b) Melodrama.
(c) Tragedy.
(d) Comic drama.

2. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A village boy.
(b) An elderly scholar.
(c) A pious priest.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

3. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
(b) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(c) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(d) Meaningless and futile.

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(b) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.
(c) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.
(d) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.

5. To what does Bakhtin compare the various cries of Paris?
(a) A roaring storm.
(b) A howling wolf.
(c) A crowded kitchen.
(d) A sobbing child.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

2. Bakhtin asserts that Rabelais' grotesque conception of the body reflected:

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

4. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:

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

(see the answer key)

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