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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 the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:
(a) The overall health of the individual.
(b) The social status of the individual.
(c) The inherent evilness or goodness of the individual.
(d) The individual's sexual purity.

2. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?
(a) It combines fantasy with reality in one type of cuisine.
(b) It is the epitome of disgusting.
(c) It is a drug which offers the user a glimpse of a higher plane of existence.
(d) It merges the positive and negative, or upper and lower, spheres of the body.

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

4. Clowns and fools are:
(a) Restricted to entertaining the royal court.
(b) Present only at large fairs or gatherings.
(c) Prisoners forced to entertain others.
(d) Everyday representatives of the folk and of Carnival.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

2. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

3. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

4. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

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

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