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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 asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:
(a) Rabelais' view of the proper treatment of foreigners and peasants.
(b) The methods of marketplace vendors in overpricing their goods.
(c) The Renaissance system of images that is perpetually regenerative and never decaying.
(d) The Renaissance notion that all which is already established is perfect.

2. How does Bakhtin define "carnivalesque hell"?
(a) Negative because everyone, including demons, are always suffering.
(b) Depraved because it encourages wanton sexual gratification.
(c) Ambivalent because it includes both fear and laughter.
(d) Leisurely because everyone seems to be on holiday.

3. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' work as a response to the hardships of France in 1532?
(a) The novel chastises the people for bringing suffering on themselves.
(b) The novel offers spiritual guidance through hard times.
(c) The novel provides a merry alternative to suffering.
(d) The novel reinforces the misery the people suffered.

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

5. What are the three categories of the "comic" which Bakhtin cites from Schneegans?
(a) The satiric, the clownish, and the visual.
(b) The grotesque, the ridiculous, and the satiric.
(c) The painted, the sketched, and the acted.
(d) The clownish, the burlesque, and the grotesque.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what does Panurge suggest the protective walls of Paris be built?

2. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:

3. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

4. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

5. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

(see the answer key)

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