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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 does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(b) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.
(c) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(d) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.

2. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Futurism.
(b) Modernism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Expressionism.

3. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(b) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(c) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(d) An elite spy organization.

4. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(c) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

5. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:
(a) The one who is thrashed explicitly agrees to the act.
(b) The act of thrashing is done out of kindness.
(c) The act of thrashing is done to punish the individual.
(d) The one who is thrashed is also decorated and celebrated.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

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

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

5. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?

(see the answer key)

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