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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11, Chapter 3 - Popular - Festive Forms.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was gaming very important in the Renaissance?
(a) Games represented another form of understanding the cycle of life.
(b) Games defined the distinction between social classes.
(c) Gaming reinforced the "official" ways of thinking.
(d) Gaming was deemed sinful and was forbidden by the Church.

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

3. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?
(a) The Idealizing tradition.
(b) The English tradition.
(c) The Gallic tradition.
(d) The Roman tradition.

4. Bakhtin asserts that the advertisement for "pantagruelion" in the Third Book expresses:
(a) The existentialist confusion of Renaissance marketplace culture.
(b) The deep optimism inherent in Rabelais' view of marketplace culture.
(c) The natural mistrust the common folk have for druggists.
(d) The cynicism rampant in Rabelais' writing.

5. What does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?
(a) Carnival.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Death rituals.
(d) Fables.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rabelais' time, the word "drum" and the act of drumming connoted:

2. Why, according to Bakhtin, is Rabelais' parody of the Church not considered heresy?

3. What is the theme of "cuckoldry"?

4. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

5. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

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