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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. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(b) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(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.

2. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(b) Language does not actually express anything.
(c) No word can actually ever be defined.
(d) All languages are one.

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

4. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?
(a) It is ironic and maliciously exaggerated.
(b) It is rhetorical and persuasive.
(c) It is dark and foreboding.
(d) It is innocent and childlike.

5. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) Only one possible message.
(b) A system of values.
(c) Whatever the audience chooses.
(d) The materials from which the art is constructed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

2. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:

3. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

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

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