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

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

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

4. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(b) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(c) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
(d) Meaningless and futile.

5. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(b) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(c) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(d) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

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