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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. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(b) Was encouraged even in church.
(c) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.
(d) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.

2. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(b) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(c) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(d) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.

3. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:
(a) Overindulgence in food, drink, and sex.
(b) Divine retribution for one's sins.
(c) Results of public punishments for social crimes.
(d) Results of a sickly infancy and childhood.

4. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By sharing them with an eager public.
(b) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(c) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(d) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.

5. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Distantly suggestive.
(b) Timid and quiet.
(c) Free and frank.
(d) Abusive and derogatory.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

2. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:

3. What does young Gargantua study in order to become acquainted with the common folk?

4. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

5. Medieval parodies were:

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