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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. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By sharing them with an eager public.
(b) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(c) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(d) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.

2. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?
(a) Veselovsky's image is too young at heart, for Rabelais wrote only with an old, tired voice.
(b) Veselovsky's image is cynical, but Rabelais actually celebrates regenerative laughter.
(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.

3. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, especially during festivals.
(b) No, except during times of war.
(c) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(d) Yes, except for religious holidays.

4. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?
(a) Rabelais was a performing clown for several years in these fairs.
(b) The organizers of the fairs in Lyon banned Rabelais from attending them.
(c) Lyon fairs represented one of the largest markets for publishing.
(d) Rabelais was a chief organizer of these fairs.

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(b) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(c) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

2. How did Rabelais obtain the material for his writings?

3. Why does Bakhtin consider oaths, curses, and profanities elements of freedom?

4. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

5. Clowns and fools are:

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