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

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

3. Which aspect of Renaissance culture does Bakhtin stress is still apparent in Western society today?
(a) Carnival.
(b) Street cries.
(c) Clowns and fools.
(d) Public thrashings.

4. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) One with the earth.
(b) Generally revered.
(c) Mostly comic.
(d) Frightening and terrible.

5. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:
(a) Sexuality.
(b) Death.
(c) Nature.
(d) Spiritual awakening.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

2. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:

3. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?

4. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

5. Clowns and fools are:

(see the answer key)

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