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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. Clowns and fools are:
(a) Everyday representatives of the folk and of Carnival.
(b) Prisoners forced to entertain others.
(c) Restricted to entertaining the royal court.
(d) Present only at large fairs or gatherings.

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 chief organizer of these fairs.
(c) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(d) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.

3. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Predictions of the future.
(b) Classical myths.
(c) Historical allusions.
(d) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

2. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

3. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

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

5. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?

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