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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. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(c) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

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

3. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:
(a) Purely abusive and vulgar.
(b) Loaded with comparatives and superlatives.
(c) Objective and editorially distant.
(d) Quietly reflective and speculative.

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(b) An elite spy organization.
(c) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(d) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The spiritual interior essence.
(b) The arms and legs.
(c) The head and eyes.
(d) The material lower stratum.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?

2. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:

3. Carnival allowed:

4. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?

(see the answer key)

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