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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. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(b) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(c) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(d) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.

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

3. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) Frightening and terrible.
(b) Generally revered.
(c) One with the earth.
(d) Mostly comic.

4. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A pious priest.
(b) An elderly scholar.
(c) A village boy.
(d) An ironfisted dictator.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

2. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

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

4. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

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

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