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

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.
(b) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(c) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(d) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.

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

4. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:
(a) The ecclesiastical persuasiveness of the Church.
(b) The pomp and circumstance of the aristocracy.
(c) The ignorance of the peasantry.
(d) The fables of ancient Greece.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. "Tripe" literally refers to:

2. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

3. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

4. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

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

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