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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. In the folklore and grotesque realism of Rabelais' works, excrement represents bodies and matter that are:
(a) Generally revered.
(b) Mostly comic.
(c) Frightening and terrible.
(d) One with the earth.

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

3. 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.

4. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(b) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(d) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.

5. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(b) To move the plot along.
(c) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(d) To give one character a strong voice.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

3. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

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

5. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

(see the answer key)

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