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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 16, Chapter 7 - Rabelais' Images & His Time.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bakhtin interpret the relevance of the cries of Paris to Renaissance France?
(a) The cries negate the revitalization of the marketplace.
(b) The cries were the people's only method of exchanging ideas.
(c) The cries suggest a deep discontent in the Parisian populace.
(d) The cries combine the reality of practical life with festive utopian universalism.

2. In which element of Shakespeare's dramas does Bakhtin see the overall theme of Rabelais' carnivalesque repeated?
(a) In the logic of crownings and uncrownings.
(b) In the strengths of characters such as Hamlet and Othello.
(c) In the farcical secondary characters.
(d) In the tragic elements of Shakespeare's romances.

3. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) The materials from which the art is constructed.
(b) A system of values.
(c) Only one possible message.
(d) Whatever the audience chooses.

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

5. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They live in the same country.
(b) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(c) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(d) They both write mostly novels.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bakhtin, Carnival was the true symbol and incarnation of:

2. What does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?

3. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

4. Clowns and fools are:

5. What happened to Rabelais after his novel was published?

(see the answer key)

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