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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. Bakhtin associates Friar John's beating of the men with:
(a) Juvenalian satires of public figures.
(b) The last charge of Charlemagne.
(c) Market vendors who assault non-paying customers.
(d) The Dionysian feast of the grape harvest.

2. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?
(a) Religious tracts.
(b) Biographies of public figures.
(c) Calendars or almanacs.
(d) Political treatises.

3. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.
(b) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.
(c) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(d) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.

4. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?
(a) The Latin derivations of his scatological vocabulary mean "cynical."
(b) Many scholars interpret them only in a modern context.
(c) Many scholars believe that Rabelais himself was bitter from publication disputes.
(d) These elements express a deep distrust of contemporary society.

5. When did the Russian Revolution occur?
(a) 1936.
(b) 1917.
(c) 1850.
(d) 1945.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are abusive and praiseful words reflective of grotesque realism?

2. What significant thing did translators of Rabelais' work add to their translations?

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

4. Which side of the Renaissance debate about the nature of women and wedlock did Rabelais tend to take?

5. How does the prologue of _Pantagruel_ demonstrate the connection between literature and the marketplace?

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