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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. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?
(a) The arms and legs.
(b) The spiritual interior essence.
(c) The material lower stratum.
(d) The head and eyes.

2. Why, according to Bakhtin, does Rabelais treat excrement ambivalently?
(a) Because it is evidence of humankind's presence on the earth.
(b) Because its purpose was a mystery in the Renaissance.
(c) Because it is intermediate between earth and body.
(d) Because it exclusively connotes badness or evil.

3. 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.

4. What was the most prevalent medium of the culture of the common folk in the Renaissance?
(a) The spoken word.
(b) Semaphore signals.
(c) Pantomime.
(d) Printed newspapers.

5. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?
(a) By accusing the targets of paganism and crimes against the Church.
(b) By declaring the targets incapable of the basest bodily functions.
(c) By insulting the targets' mothers.
(d) By declaring the targets to be empty-headed.

Short Answer Questions

1. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

2. What work of literature is parodied in the prologue of _Gargantua_?

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

4. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

5. Medieval parodies were:

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