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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 repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
(a) The Post-Revolution Press
(b) The Russian Union of Writers.
(c) The Soviet Society of National Fiction.
(d) The National Writers' Agency.

2. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.
(b) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(c) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(d) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:

2. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

3. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?

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

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