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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the "intelligentsia"?

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

3. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

4. During the "feast of fools" and the "feast of the ass," laughter:

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

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