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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bakhtin consider the most indispensable element of folk culture?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Fables.
(c) Death rituals.
(d) Carnival.

2. The verbal interactions between the Renaissance marketplace hawker and the crowd were above all:
(a) Free and frank.
(b) Abusive and derogatory.
(c) Timid and quiet.
(d) Distantly suggestive.

3. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?
(a) The lyric.
(b) The novel.
(c) The epic poem.
(d) The biography.

4. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?
(a) The Post-Revolution Press
(b) The Soviet Society of National Fiction.
(c) The National Writers' Agency.
(d) The Russian Union of Writers.

5. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?
(a) His work was viewed as a revival of Classical writing.
(b) Other writers strove to emulate his style.
(c) Other writers used his topics as a jumping-off point for their own works.
(d) His work was viewed as unintelligible and barbaric.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a "marketplace spectacle"?

2. The vocabulary of the prologue of _Gargantua_ is:

3. What were "street cries"?

4. How is the figure of the king treated in Rabelais' writing?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are being drenched in urine or covered in excrement treated in Rabelais' novel?

2. How is Bakhtin's book "double-voiced," as Michael Holquist asserts it is?

3. Describe the Renaissance student writings.

4. What is the underlying nature of all of Rabelais' images?

5. How does the marketplace become an indicator of folk culture in general?

6. What are the "cris de Paris," or "street cries"?

7. What does tripe represent, in Bakhtin's analysis?

8. What does Rabelais parody with the character of Janotus de Bragmardo?

9. Describe Friar John.

10. What about the episode of the Lord of Basche is carnivalesque?

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