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

2. 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 clergy paid no attention to Rabelais' works.
(d) The Church received an annual tribute from Rabelais, so it overlooked his parodies.

3. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:
(a) Sacred themes, such as saints and relics.
(b) Monarchs who subjugated their people.
(c) Marketplace vendors who cheated their customers.
(d) Family ties, such as one's in-laws.

4. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?
(a) Market vendors loudly advertising their wares.
(b) Tragic dramas and historical stage-plays.
(c) The debasement of the Church during Carnival.
(d) Clownlike crowning and uncrownings at feasts.

5. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(b) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(c) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(d) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?

3. "Tripe" literally refers to:

4. What event that Rabelais relates does he assert is the origin of the name of the city of Paris?

5. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:

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