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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 complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.
(b) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.
(c) The importance and necessity of laughter.
(d) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.

2. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) The last charge of Charlemagne.
(b) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(c) Juvenalian satires of public figures.
(d) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.

3. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) Only the elite class was involved.
(b) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(c) It was purely a religious revolt.
(d) It continues into the present day.

4. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.
(b) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.
(c) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.
(d) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.

5. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:
(a) A spirit impregnating her.
(b) Eating too much tripe.
(c) Praying for a child.
(d) Casting a spell of birth.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?

3. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

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

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?

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