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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, Intro. cont. & Chapter 1 - Rabelais in the History of Laughter.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?
(a) Man's higher spiritual calling.
(b) The way people act differently around those of another social class.
(c) The thoughtfulness of the individual mind.
(d) The celebratory but degrading impulse toward gluttony, scatology, and sex.

3. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?
(a) From universal to restricted.
(b) From spiritual to earthly.
(c) From singular to universal.
(d) From accepted to encouraged.

4. What was unique about the Russian Revolution?
(a) It was purely a religious revolt.
(b) It continues into the present day.
(c) Only the elite class was involved.
(d) People of all classes and occupations were centrally involved.

5. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?
(a) The affairs of royalty.
(b) Foreign songs, art, and stories.
(c) Commerce and industry.
(d) The lives of ordinary people.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

3. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?

4. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

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

(see the answer key)

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