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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, Chapter 2 - Language of the Marketplace Cont..

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?
(a) By denouncing them as counterproductive to the ongoing Russian Revolution.
(b) By sharing them with an eager public.
(c) By reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(d) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.

2. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:
(a) The need of the public for other forms of diversion.
(b) The declining number of Carnival performers.
(c) An increasingly "official" culture of rationalism.
(d) The exhaustion of any new sources of humor.

3. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:
(a) Feasting, spectacles, and sex.
(b) Fear, weakness, and violence.
(c) Scholarly activities.
(d) Inspiration and hope.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

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

3. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

4. Why are Rabelais' billingsgate elements considered "coarse and cynical" by most scholars?

5. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

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