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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. What does Bakhtin assert is evident in Rabelais' use of games that combine play and prophecy?
(a) A highly spiritual notion of the relevance of human history.
(b) A disregard for the importance of historical figures.
(c) A ponderous, scholarly approach to the study of history.
(d) A carnivalesque conception of the historical process.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:

4. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

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

(see the answer key)

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