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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 does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.
(b) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.
(d) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
2. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(b) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(c) Limited to parody of individuals.
(d) Limited to religious parody.
3. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.
(b) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(c) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(d) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
4. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(b) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(c) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(d) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.
5. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?
(a) Rabelais follows every criticism with heartfelt praise.
(b) The clergy paid no attention to Rabelais' works.
(c) Rabelais maintains a comic style, so no one could mistake him for being serious.
(d) The Church received an annual tribute from Rabelais, so it overlooked his parodies.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
2. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
3. How does Bakhtin define the novel?
4. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:
5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
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