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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 16, Chapter 7 - Rabelais' Images & His Time.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) Only one possible message.
(b) A system of values.
(c) Whatever the audience chooses.
(d) The materials from which the art is constructed.

3. The combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:
(a) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.
(b) The complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.
(c) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.
(d) The importance and necessity of laughter.

4. How does Bakhtin define the combination of human and animal organs in Rabelais' novel?
(a) "Scientific."
(b) "Otherworldly."
(c) "Horrifying."
(d) "Grotesque."

5. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.
(b) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(c) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(d) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:

2. What particular tradition did Peter the Great bring to Russia from Western Europe?

3. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

4. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:

5. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

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