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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. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The Black Death.
(b) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.
(c) The defense of France against Charles V.
(d) The Norman Invasion.
2. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(c) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(d) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
3. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:
(a) The natural world.
(b) The power of the monarchy.
(c) The folk festival.
(d) The sanctity of the Church.
4. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(b) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(c) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(d) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.
5. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Bakhtin argues that Rabelais' entire novel exhibits a clear, general __________ thematic trend.
Short Answer Questions
1. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
2. "Fat William," of comic folklore, symbolized:
3. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
4. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:
5. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
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