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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 do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?
(a) They are the only socially acceptable methods of greeting strangers.
(b) They are all said with the same feelings in mind.
(c) They all are forbidden during certain times of the year.
(d) They all are familiar parts of the society of the marketplace.

2. How is a "prophetic riddle" game carnivalesque in nature?
(a) It stresses the destruction of the established order and hierarchy of society.
(b) It stresses the importance of feasting and drinking.
(c) It is always sung in a rhymed singsong tone.
(d) It focuses on gaiety and humor.

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

4. In Rabelais' time, why was the meaning of debasement often ambivalent?
(a) Because the person saying the insult never means it seriously.
(b) Because the debased person may choose to deflect the debasement.
(c) Because the decaying or excretory organs are closely located to the regenerative genital organs.
(d) Because the head is quite separate from all the other parts of the body, spiritually and materially.

5. Goethe traces the roots of Carnival to the:
(a) Phoenicians.
(b) Greeks.
(c) Mesopotamians.
(d) Romans.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

2. Who is Janotus de Bragmardo?

3. In Rabelais' works, some causes of diseases associated with the material body lower stratum are:

4. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

5. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

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