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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. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?
(a) The words are carefully chosen by the speaker to disgust the listener.
(b) The words reflect incompatible sides of certain social classes of people.
(c) The words combine two sides of the same form or feeling into an ambivalent but cohesive social structure.
(d) The words are spoken in a language the listener cannot understand, so they sound like gibberish.

2. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?
(a) In the strengths of characters such as Hamlet and Othello.
(b) In the logic of crownings and uncrownings.
(c) In the farcical secondary characters.
(d) In the tragic elements of Shakespeare's romances.

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

4. The defense of the abbey by Friar John contains:
(a) A caricature of the Pope.
(b) A grotesque combination of sexual intercourse and war.
(c) A debasing description of the French people.
(d) A travestied allusion to Communion.

5. What common fifteenth- and sixteenth-century literary device does Bakhtin identify in the Prologue to the Third Book?
(a) Complaints about love.
(b) Invocations to the Muse.
(c) Blank verse.
(d) Long lists of names and epithets.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

2. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:

3. How does Bakhtin define the novel?

4. How does Bakhtin interpret Rabelais' term "agelast"?

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

(see the answer key)

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