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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, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:
(a) Marketplace vendors who cheated their customers.
(b) Sacred themes, such as saints and relics.
(c) Monarchs who subjugated their people.
(d) Family ties, such as one's in-laws.

2. According to Bakhtin, what is directly related to the oversized foods common at Renaissance feasts?
(a) The swelling of religious fervor during holy days.
(b) Grotesque portrayals of the stomach, mouth, and genitals.
(c) The general health of a town's population.
(d) Bodily restraint as a result of mind over matter.

3. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(b) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.
(c) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.
(d) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.

4. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From singular to universal.
(b) From accepted to encouraged.
(c) From spiritual to earthly.
(d) From universal to restricted.

5. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:
(a) Call upon something serious and make it amusing.
(b) Indicate the importance of travel to an individual's self-development.
(c) Irreversibly denigrate everything it could.
(d) Reassert traditional definitions of social and spiritual life.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

3. What do Rabelais' various works indicate about the popular notion of urination?

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

5. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?

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