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

2. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(b) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.
(c) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(d) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.

3. To what does Veselovsky compare Rabelais?
(a) A village boy.
(b) An elderly scholar.
(c) An ironfisted dictator.
(d) A pious priest.

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

5. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.
(b) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(c) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(d) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:

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

3. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?

5. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

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