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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. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(b) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.
(c) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(d) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.

2. Why did Renaissance humanists attempt to suppress oaths and profanities?
(a) They felt that if one could not say something nice, one should say nothing at all.
(b) They were shocked to hear the Lord's name taken in vain.
(c) They saw such language as relics of the superstitious Middle Ages.
(d) They viewed such language as predominantly atheistic.

3. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.
(b) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(c) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(d) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.

4. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) No, except during times of war.
(b) Yes, especially during festivals.
(c) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(d) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.

5. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Blank verse.
(b) Long lists of names and epithets.
(c) Invocations to the Muse.
(d) Complaints about love.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?

2. Medieval parodies were:

3. What were "street cries"?

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

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

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