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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. Carnival allowed:
(a) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(b) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(c) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.
(d) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.

2. 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 reviving their content in new, twentieth-century forms.
(c) By trying to correctly interpret the source of the cultural laughter within them.
(d) By sharing them with an eager public.

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

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

5. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:
(a) Was regulated by the town fools and farmers.
(b) Was forbidden because of the sacredness of the festival.
(c) Was forbidden everywhere but the marketplace.
(d) Was encouraged even in church.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

2. Bakhtin believes that novels are:

3. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

4. Medieval parodies were:

5. In which twentieth-century movement was the grotesque especially evident?

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