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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7, Chapter 2, Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.
(b) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(c) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(d) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.

3. In the Prologue of the Third Book, to which contemporary events does Rabelais allude?
(a) The Black Death.
(b) The defense of France against Charles V.
(c) The Norman Invasion.
(d) The defeat of the French and Spanish fleets by Admiral Nelson.

4. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?
(a) Populist uprisings often have profanities and oaths in their declarations.
(b) They are contrary to official modes of speech.
(c) A person can form any sound into a curse or profanity.
(d) Slaves are prohibited from using such forms of speech.

5. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Free and frank.
(b) Abusive and derogatory.
(c) Timid and quiet.
(d) Distantly suggestive.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:

2. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

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

4. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:

5. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

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