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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 is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?
(a) Man's higher spiritual calling.
(b) The way people act differently around those of another social class.
(c) The thoughtfulness of the individual mind.
(d) The celebratory but degrading impulse toward gluttony, scatology, and sex.

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

3. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(b) They both write mostly novels.
(c) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(d) They live in the same country.

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

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) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(c) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(d) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the "intelligentsia"?

2. Medieval parodies were:

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

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

5. Clowns and fools are:

(see the answer key)

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