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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. Clowns and fools are:
(a) Restricted to entertaining the royal court.
(b) Everyday representatives of the folk and of Carnival.
(c) Present only at large fairs or gatherings.
(d) Prisoners forced to entertain others.

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

3. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(b) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(c) Yes, especially during festivals.
(d) No, except during times of war.

4. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
(a) A particularly Western type of humor.
(b) Political dissent.
(c) Sexually-charged dialogue.
(d) Religious fervor.

5. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?
(a) It exhorts its readers to record in writing their own experiences of fairs and of Carnival.
(b) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.
(c) It offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.
(d) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.

Short Answer Questions

1. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

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

3. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

4. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

5. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?

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