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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. After Rabelais' time, what happens to the "body" as a general social idea?
(a) The body appears to reduce in size and strength.
(b) The body expands to include the universal consciousness.
(c) The body is exalted for its natural functions only.
(d) The body gets restricted and individualized.

2. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(b) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(c) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(d) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.

3. What does Rabelais parody in his response to the episode of Gargantua's birth?
(a) The Classical philosophy of stoicism.
(b) The Christian doctrine of submission.
(c) The Medieval doctrine of faith.
(d) The Renaissance philosophy of humanism.

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

5. What do wine and oil symbolize in Rabelais' novel?
(a) Hard harvest work in the vineyards and olive groves.
(b) Free, festive speech versus religious piety and seriousness.
(c) Sickness and hangovers versus a useful cooking ingredient.
(d) Since both are flammable, they symbolize hellfire.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?

2. The principle of "negation" in popular-festive imagery is always:

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

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?

5. Bakhtin asserts that man introduces the world to himself primarily through which act?

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