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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. When the grotesque was revived in the Romantic era, what did it react against?
(a) The rediscovered works of Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(b) Imaginative fantasy.
(c) Neoclassical, rational, Enlightenment thought.
(d) Individual, sentimental ideas.

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

3. How does Bakhtin define the novel?
(a) As a work of pure imagination.
(b) As a single-voiced text.
(c) As a worthless type of literature.
(d) As a multiplicity of styles.

4. 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 classify Rabelais as just as important as Shakespeare and Cervantes.
(c) They treat Rabelais as a prophet of literary upheavals.
(d) They read Rabelais' works as allegory only.

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(b) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(c) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(d) The writing must strive to be as mathematically or geometrically accurate as possible in its descriptions.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

3. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?

4. What are the "intelligentsia"?

5. In the seventeenth century, the decline of laughter as a primary force in folk culture resulted from:

(see the answer key)

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