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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 combination of solemnity and joking in the tone of the Prologue to the Third Book indicates:
(a) The confusion the author experiences with this combination.
(b) The opinion that humor must be subordinate to seriousness.
(c) The importance and necessity of laughter.
(d) The complex explanation of the Prologue to the readers.

2. Bakhtin generally finds Goethe's sense of Carnival's _____________ to agree with his own views.
(a) Poetic expression.
(b) Universalism.
(c) Pessimism.
(d) Religiousness.

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

4. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?
(a) It simultaneously advertises itself and praises the public.
(b) It begins with a detailed description of the author's hometown marketplace.
(c) It offers a pricey alternative to illiteracy.
(d) It exhorts its readers to record in writing their own experiences of fairs and of Carnival.

5. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.
(b) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(c) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.
(d) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?

2. What are the targets of the abusive language in Rabelais' prologue to the Third Book?

3. What does Bakhtin find inadequate in Veselovsky's metaphor of Rabelais as a village boy?

4. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?

5. Bakhtin asserts that "The Play in the Bower" influenced Rabelais' work specifically in its:

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