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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. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.
(b) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.
(c) Other writers strove to emulate his style.
(d) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.

2. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?
(a) Malory's _Le Morte d'Arthur_
(b) Dante's _Divine Comedy_
(c) Plato's _Symposium_
(d) Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_

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

4. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(b) Limited to religious parody.
(c) Limited to parody of individuals.
(d) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(b) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(c) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:

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

5. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?

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