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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. What does Bakhtin argue is the role of dialogue?
(a) To demonstrate thinking out loud.
(b) To oppose the authoritarian word.
(c) To move the plot along.
(d) To give one character a strong voice.

2. How does Bakhtin define "carnivalesque hell"?
(a) Leisurely because everyone seems to be on holiday.
(b) Negative because everyone, including demons, are always suffering.
(c) Ambivalent because it includes both fear and laughter.
(d) Depraved because it encourages wanton sexual gratification.

3. In the Fourth Book, why does Villon set a trap for Tappecoue (or "Ticklepecker")?
(a) Tappecoue refused to lie to the king about Villon's sacrilege.
(b) Tappecoue refused to lend Villon vestments for his play.
(c) Tappecoue insulted Villon's family.
(d) Tappecoue stole a large sum of money from Villon.

4. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
(a) A particularly Western type of humor.
(b) Political dissent.
(c) Sexually-charged dialogue.
(d) Religious fervor.

5. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(b) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(c) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.
(d) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the languages involved in what Bakhtin terms the "triple linguistic process" of Rabelais' time?

2. What type of work did Rabelais often publish, especially for the fairs?

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

4. How does Rabelais accomplish the grotesque degradation of his target in the prologue to the Third Book?

5. What style does Bakhtin find the prologue of _Pantagruel_ to be written in?

(see the answer key)

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