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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. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(b) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(c) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
(d) Meaningless and futile.

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

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

4. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) No, except during times of war.
(b) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(c) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(d) Yes, especially during festivals.

5. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) Language does not actually express anything.
(b) All languages are one.
(c) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(d) No word can actually ever be defined.

Short Answer Questions

1. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

2. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?

3. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

4. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

5. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

(see the answer key)

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