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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 Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(b) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(d) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.

2. One of Rabelais' main sources for his enumerations of food was a Medieval treatise about:
(a) Restrictions of food for pregnant women.
(b) The proper order in which to eat banquet foods.
(c) The ways in which chicken tasted better than pheasant.
(d) Lenten and non-Lenten foods.

3. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?
(a) It is a person who delights in causing pain to others.
(b) It is an elderly person whose grouchy moods isolate him/her.
(c) It is a person who is hostile to laughter or who does not know how to laugh.
(d) It is the person who brings up the rear of the great Carnival parade.

4. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:
(a) Mind.
(b) Family.
(c) Spirit.
(d) Body.

5. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:
(a) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.
(b) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(c) The cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.
(d) The deep optimism inherent in Rabelais' view of marketplace culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?

2. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

3. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

4. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

5. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:

(see the answer key)

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