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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. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(b) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(c) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.
(d) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.

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

3. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) It was purely a religious revolt.
(b) Only the elite class was involved.
(c) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.
(d) It continues into the present day.

4. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:
(a) The ecclesiastical persuasiveness of the Church.
(b) The ignorance of the peasantry.
(c) The pomp and circumstance of the aristocracy.
(d) The fables of ancient Greece.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

3. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:

4. Clowns and fools are:

5. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

(see the answer key)

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