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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. According to Bakhtin's semiotic understanding, what irony is inherent within the creative power of language?
(a) No word can actually ever be defined.
(b) All languages are one.
(c) The individual expresses him- or herself only through the words of others.
(d) Language does not actually express anything.

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:
(a) Meaningless and futile.
(b) A sacrifice the soul makes to the body.
(c) Inert, chaotic, and requiring the intervention of art.
(d) Organized by human acts of behavior and cognition.

3. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:
(a) Necessary to mercantile transactions.
(b) Freed of the trappings of religious dogma and mysticism.
(c) Taboo in all settings but the royal court.
(d) All that which linked the living to the dead.

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

5. Clowns and fools are:
(a) Everyday representatives of the folk and of Carnival.
(b) Present only at large fairs or gatherings.
(c) Prisoners forced to entertain others.
(d) Restricted to entertaining the royal court.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

2. Bakhtin connects Medieval "seriousness" most closely to:

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

4. What in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?

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

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