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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 15, Chapter 6 - Images of the Material Bodily Lower Stratum.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?
(a) Monsters, giants, and indecent gestures.
(b) Children dressed as animals.
(c) Representations of the sun, moon, and stars.
(d) Self-flagellating monks.

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

3. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(b) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(c) To give one character a strong voice.
(d) To move the plot along.

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

5. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
(a) Fear, weakness, and violence.
(b) Scholarly activities.
(c) Feasting, spectacles, and sex.
(d) Inspiration and hope.

Short Answer Questions

1. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

2. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?

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

4. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?

5. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?

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