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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Chapter 2 - The Language of the Marketplace.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(b) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(c) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(d) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.

3. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.
(b) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(c) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.
(d) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.

4. 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) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.
(d) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(b) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(c) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

Short Answer Questions

1. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

2. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

3. According to Bakhtin, what is the function of art?

4. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

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

(see the answer key)

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