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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. Carnival allowed:
(a) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(b) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(c) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(d) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.

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

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

4. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(d) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

2. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

3. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

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

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

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