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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. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(b) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.
(c) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(d) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.

2. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.
(b) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(c) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(d) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.

3. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.
(b) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(c) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(d) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.

4. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Children dressed as animals.
(b) Self-flagellating monks.
(c) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(d) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.

5. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Plato's _Symposium_
(b) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_
(c) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_
(d) Dante's _Divine Comedy_

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:

2. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.

3. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

4. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:

5. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?

(see the answer key)

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