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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 was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) It was purely a religious revolt.
(b) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(c) It continues into the present day.
(d) Only the elite class was involved.

2. What are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(b) Peasants and tax collectors.
(c) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.
(d) Stray dogs and street orphans.

3. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(b) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(c) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(d) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.

4. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(b) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(c) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(d) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(b) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(c) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(d) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

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

4. Clowns and fools are:

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

(see the answer key)

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