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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 do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(b) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.
(c) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(d) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.

2. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(c) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(d) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."

3. 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 offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.
(c) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.
(d) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.

4. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?
(a) Political treatises.
(b) Religious tracts.
(c) Calendars or almanacs.
(d) Biographies of public figures.

5. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?
(a) Urination can only be used for comic purposes.
(b) Urination fertilizes the earth and creates bodies of water.
(c) Urination is a medical mystery that baffles doctors.
(d) Urination is disgusting and should be done privately.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:

2. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?

3. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

4. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?

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

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