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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, Chapter 2 - Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?
(a) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.
(b) It exhorts its readers to record in writing their own experiences of fairs and of Carnival.
(c) It offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.
(d) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.

2. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(b) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(c) By sharing them with an eager public.
(d) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.

3. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:
(a) Spirit.
(b) Mind.
(c) Family.
(d) Body.

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

5. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Members of the aristocracy whose political ideals are not in keeping with Rabelais' ideals.
(b) Foreign travelers who have offended the traditions of Carnival.
(c) Average townsfolk who have imbibed too much wine.
(d) Representatives of old, hypocritical, serious Medieval philosophy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?

2. Clowns and fools are:

3. "Tripe" literally refers to:

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

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

(see the answer key)

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