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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. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(b) The image of Rabelais himself.
(c) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.
(d) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.

2. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?
(a) The epic poem.
(b) The novel.
(c) The biography.
(d) The lyric.

3. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(b) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(c) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(d) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.

4. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?
(a) The rediscovered works of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(b) Individual, sentimental ideas.
(c) Neoclassical, rational, Enlightenment thought.
(d) Imaginative fantasy.

5. Rabelais expresses the debasement of suffering and fear by associating them with:
(a) Hunger.
(b) Sexual intercourse.
(c) Defecation.
(d) Religious fervor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

2. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?

3. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?

4. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

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

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