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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. 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 farcical secondary characters.
(c) In the tragic elements of Shakespeare's romances.
(d) In the logic of crownings and uncrownings.

2. Bakhtin believes that novels are:
(a) Utterly separate from the author's own life.
(b) Random, like stream-of-consciousness.
(c) Inherently confessional.
(d) Socially charged and polemical.

3. How does the Lord of Basche contrive to bring Catchpoles to his castle?
(a) By giving away his possessions.
(b) By celebrating Mass.
(c) By celebrating mock weddings.
(d) By offering people absolution from their sins.

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

5. How does Friar John interpret the riddle he and Gargantua hear?
(a) As a promise of winter floods and summer drought.
(b) As an indication of his own increasing wealth.
(c) As a promise of Armageddon and the return of Christ.
(d) As a representation of a tennis match.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

4. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

5. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:

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