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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 was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.
(b) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.
(c) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.
(d) Other writers strove to emulate his style.

2. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(b) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(c) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

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

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

4. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

5. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

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