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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 are examples of carnivalesque victims?
(a) Stray dogs and street orphans.
(b) Peasants and tax collectors.
(c) Blushing virgins and old maids.
(d) Debased clowns and slaughtered oxen.

2. Bakhtin asserts that in the episode of Gargantua's birth, the dividing lines between _______ are erased.
(a) Human and animal consciousness.
(b) Human and animal organs.
(c) Children and adults.
(d) Earthly and divine spiritual relationships.

3. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From spiritual to earthly.
(b) From singular to universal.
(c) From accepted to encouraged.
(d) From universal to restricted.

4. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.
(b) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.
(c) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(d) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.

5. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was encouraged even in church.
(b) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.
(c) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(d) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bakhtin considers "thrashing" ambivalent, rather than strictly negative, because:

2. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

3. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:

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

5. Which grotesque elements does Bakhtin note were included in the procession of the feast of Corpus Christi?

(see the answer key)

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