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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, Chapter 3 - Popular-Festive Forms.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:
(a) The importance and necessity of laughter.
(b) The complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.
(c) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.
(d) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.

2. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(b) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(c) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(d) An elite spy organization.

3. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.
(b) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(c) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(d) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.

4. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Religious fervor.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Sexual intercourse.
(d) Defecation.

5. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Modernism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Futurism.

Short Answer Questions

1. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:

2. Why does Friar John beat thousands of men in his abbey?

3. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

4. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

5. From which Catholic ritual does Panurge profit in _Pantagruel_?

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