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

2. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.
(b) Members of the aristocracy whose political ideals are not in keeping with Rabelais' ideals.
(c) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(d) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.

3. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:
(a) Objective and editorially distant.
(b) Quietly reflective and speculative.
(c) Loaded with comparatives and superlatives.
(d) Purely abusive and vulgar.

4. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?
(a) Critical inquiry of the validity of Rabelais' portrayal of marketplace culture.
(b) Lists of games played in their own countries.
(c) Lists of street cries common in their own countries.
(d) Editorial remarks in the form of footnotes.

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The spiritual interior essence.
(b) The arms and legs.
(c) The material lower stratum.
(d) The head and eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:

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

3. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

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

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

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