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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 is a "marketplace spectacle"?
(a) Specifically the public whipping of a criminal in the center of the marketplace.
(b) A theatrical production arranged atop a platform in the center of the marketplace.
(c) A series of booths dedicated solely to bilking customers out of their money.
(d) The mundane goings-on of a typical French Renaissance marketplace.

2. What were "street cries"?
(a) The shouted, versified advertisements of market vendors.
(b) The sobs of orphans who live on the street.
(c) The warnings people yell when they throw the contents of their chamber pot out the window.
(d) The calls of the city bellringer telling the time.

3. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
(a) Scholarly activities.
(b) Inspiration and hope.
(c) Feasting, spectacles, and sex.
(d) Fear, weakness, and violence.

4. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Limited to religious parody.
(b) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(c) Limited to parody of individuals.
(d) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.

5. In Rabelais' time, jurons, or profanities and oaths, were most often concerned with:
(a) Monarchs who subjugated their people.
(b) Sacred themes, such as saints and relics.
(c) Family ties, such as one's in-laws.
(d) Marketplace vendors who cheated their customers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?

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

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

4. The prologue of _Pantagruel_ is a parody and travesty of:

5. With what portion of the body is grotesque debasement most concerned?

(see the answer key)

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