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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Chapter 2 - The Language of the Marketplace.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Medieval parodies were:
(a) Limited to religious parody.
(b) Concerned with the positive, humorous aspects of everything.
(c) Focused on the negative aspects of society.
(d) Limited to parody of individuals.

2. Mikhail Bakhtin is:
(a) A vocal Eastern Orthodox cleric.
(b) The most famous Russian writer ever.
(c) A somewhat mysterious but increasingly interesting literary figure.
(d) A fictional figure created to be the mouthpiece of an anonymous author.

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

4. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?
(a) Futurism.
(b) Impressionism.
(c) Modernism.
(d) Expressionism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?

2. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?

3. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?

4. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?

5. What do oaths and curses have in common with town announcements and the calls of vendors?

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