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

2. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?
(a) They ignored Rabelais completely.
(b) With disgust and negative criticism.
(c) With an appreciation of, and interest in, the grotesque.
(d) With complete understanding of Medieval and Renaissance culture.

3. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?
(a) Rabelais follows every criticism with heartfelt praise.
(b) Rabelais maintains a comic style, so no one could mistake him for being serious.
(c) The Church received an annual tribute from Rabelais, so it overlooked his parodies.
(d) The clergy paid no attention to Rabelais' works.

4. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) An ironfisted dictator.
(b) An elderly scholar.
(c) A village boy.
(d) A pious priest.

5. 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 all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(d) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

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

3. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:

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

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

(see the answer key)

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