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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. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Complaints about love.
(b) Blank verse.
(c) Long lists of names and epithets.
(d) Invocations to the Muse.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

2. The figure of the Physician in the Fourth Book is closely connected with:

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

4. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

5. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

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