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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. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.
(b) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(c) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(d) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.

2. Carnival allowed:
(a) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(b) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(c) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(d) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.

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

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

5. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To give one character a strong voice.
(b) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(c) To move the plot along.
(d) To demonstrate thinking out loud.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

2. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

3. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

4. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

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