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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 does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) Whatever the audience chooses.
(b) Only one possible message.
(c) A system of values.
(d) The materials from which the art is constructed.

2. Bakhtin describes Rabelais' depiction of the underworld as:
(a) A "final destination."
(b) A "hopeful space."
(c) A "terrible fright."
(d) A "crossroads."

3. Bakhtin discusses "Cyprian's Supper," which is a play about:
(a) A man who fasted for a year.
(b) A wedding banquet for a prince.
(c) Greed which results in a shortage of food.
(d) Figures from the Bible at a great feast.

4. What is the image of woman in the Renaissance popular comic tradition?
(a) Ambivalent: woman is degraded but simultaneously regenerative.
(b) Materialist: woman is worth money, in her body or from her work.
(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.

5. The principle of "negation" in popular-festive imagery is always:
(a) Vulgar and dirty: always having to do with the material body lower stratum.
(b) Tangible and obvious: one thing turned about for another.
(c) Abstract and theoretical: imaginary rather than actualized.
(d) Spiritual and sacred: following the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

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

4. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?

5. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:

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