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

2. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Modernism.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Impressionism.
(d) Futurism.

3. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
(b) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.
(c) Meaningless and futile.
(d) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

2. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?

3. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

4. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?

5. Why did Renaissance humanists attempt to suppress oaths and profanities?

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