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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 power of the monarchy.
(b) The sanctity of the Church.
(c) The folk festival.
(d) The natural world.

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

3. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Hunger.
(b) Sexual intercourse.
(c) Religious fervor.
(d) Defecation.

4. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?
(a) By interviewing thousands of market vendors.
(b) By receiving a divine revelation.
(c) By studying manuscripts for long hours in monasteries.
(d) By attending many fairs and festivals and observing all the people there.

5. Carnival allowed:
(a) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(b) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(c) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(d) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:

4. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

5. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

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