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

2. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) An elite spy organization.
(b) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(c) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(d) A group of exclusively male scholars.

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

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

5. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(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) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

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

4. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

5. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

(see the answer key)

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