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

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

3. Why did Bakhtin feel his times were comparable to those of the Renaissance?
(a) Both eras were times of broad social change that left people unsure of how to proceed.
(b) Two political leaders of the different eras were incredibly alike.
(c) The specific threat of disease was killing many people in both times.
(d) The literatures and cultures of both eras bore a distinct resemblance.

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

5. What does Bakhtin find to be the greatest error other critics make in their studies of Rabelais' works?
(a) They neglect to explore the element of the Renaissance folk culture.
(b) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.
(c) They classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(d) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

3. How, according to Bakhtin, does the current Russian literary criticism approach Rabelais' works?

4. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?

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

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