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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. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(d) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.

2. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?
(a) Populist uprisings often have profanities and oaths in their declarations.
(b) A person can form any sound into a curse or profanity.
(c) Slaves are prohibited from using such forms of speech.
(d) They are contrary to official modes of speech.

3. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:
(a) The natural world.
(b) The sanctity of the Church.
(c) The power of the monarchy.
(d) The folk festival.

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

5. To what are "swabs" most closely related?
(a) The material body lower stratum.
(b) The liver and gallbladder's production of bile.
(c) The material body upper stratum.
(d) The spiritual intellect's conversant function

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?

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

3. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

4. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

5. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:

(see the answer key)

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