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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. Did the "unofficial" and "official" forms of speech ever coincide?
(a) Yes, except for religious holidays.
(b) No, both forms of speech were highly regulated.
(c) No, except during times of war.
(d) Yes, especially during festivals.

2. What does Bakhtin argue is the relationship between the death of Tappecoue and the episode of the Catchpoles?
(a) Sexual relationships take center stage in each event.
(b) Freedom and equality are expressed bodily and coarsely in each event.
(c) The sin of violence is paramount in each.
(d) The local people were shocked and saddened by each event.

3. What are the "Catchpoles" of which Rabelais writes?
(a) Materials used to build large meeting-houses.
(b) Animals sent into the wild as sacrifices.
(c) People who earn money by allowing others to beat them.
(d) Vegetables which require being strung to a pole in order to grow.

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

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(b) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(c) All that which linked the living to the dead.
(d) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Rabelais linked so closely to the Lyon fairs?

2. Bakhtin asserts that the spirit of Carnival is essentially:

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

4. Gargamelle gives birth to Gargantua as a result of:

5. In the Renaissance, bodily excretions were closely associated with:

(see the answer key)

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