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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 asserts that beatings, death, feasting, and merrymaking are all integral parts of:
(a) The Renaissance notion that all which is already established is perfect.
(b) The Renaissance system of images that is perpetually regenerative and never decaying.
(c) The methods of marketplace vendors in overpricing their goods.
(d) Rabelais' view of the proper treatment of foreigners and peasants.

2. The episode in which Pantagruel and his companions defeat King Anarchus' knights combines:
(a) Nature with artifice.
(b) Love with hate.
(c) Slaughter with feasting.
(d) Human instinct with forethought.

3. Bakhtin defines the early French work "The Play in the Bower" as a:
(a) Tragedy.
(b) Comic drama.
(c) Melodrama.
(d) Farce.

4. Why does Bakhtin cite Goethe as a source about the nature of Carnival?
(a) Goethe was passionately interested in the festivity.
(b) Goethe and Rabelais were contemporaries and corresponded with each other regularly.
(c) Goethe was the official organizer of Carnival in Frankfurt.
(d) Goethe's negative views about the common people provide a counterpoint to Bakhtin's views.

5. What are the "intelligentsia"?
(a) The bits of knowledge all people accumulate over their lifetimes.
(b) A group which provides an interpretation of the world.
(c) A group of exclusively male scholars.
(d) An elite spy organization.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rabelais' description of Alcibiades reflects:

2. How is the Rabelaisian use of tripe an excellent example of grotesque realism?

3. "Friar John" is heavily associated with:

4. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

5. What does Panurge fear if he gets married?

(see the answer key)

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