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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. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(b) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.
(c) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(d) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.

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

3. The core images of the prologue of _Gargantua_ are:
(a) Scenes of eating and drinking.
(b) Scenes of violence.
(c) Scenes of travel and journeys.
(d) Scenes of pious worship.

4. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(b) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.
(c) Veselovsky's image excludes the seriousness of the boy as a budding scholar.
(d) Veselovsky's image seems too urban for Rabelais, who only wrote about the countryside.

5. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:
(a) The idea that ancient philosophies were incorrect.
(b) The good/evil dichotomy of mankind.
(c) The abuse/praise dynamics of the marketplace.
(d) The image of Rabelais himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

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

3. To what does Bakhtin compare the various cries of Paris?

4. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?

5. Curses in Renaissance folk culture tended to focus most closely upon the victim's:

(see the answer key)

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