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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, Chapter 2 - Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(b) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(c) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(d) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.
(b) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.
(c) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(d) The most famous Russian writer ever.

3. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?
(a) Imaginative fantasy.
(b) The rediscovered works of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) Neoclassical, rational, Enlightenment thought.
(d) Individual, sentimental ideas.

4. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.
(b) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.
(c) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.
(d) The declining number of Carnival performers.

5. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(b) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(c) They both write mostly novels.
(d) They live in the same country.

Short Answer Questions

1. Medieval parodies were:

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

3. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

4. Clowns and fools are:

5. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?

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