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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. During Bakhtin's time, what genre was being closely defined by the Soviet government?
(a) The biography.
(b) The epic poem.
(c) The lyric.
(d) The novel.

2. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?
(a) A particularly Western type of humor.
(b) Sexually-charged dialogue.
(c) Political dissent.
(d) Religious fervor.

3. What is "man's second nature," according to Renaissance Christian doctrine?
(a) The thoughtfulness of the individual mind.
(b) The way people act differently around those of another social class.
(c) The celebratory but degrading impulse toward gluttony, scatology, and sex.
(d) Man's higher spiritual calling.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What repressive organization was Bakhtin forced to join in order to continue writing?

2. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

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

4. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?

5. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

(see the answer key)

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