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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. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?
(a) Commerce and industry.
(b) The lives of ordinary people.
(c) Foreign songs, art, and stories.
(d) The affairs of royalty.

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

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

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

5. Which answer best describes "grotesque realism"?
(a) The tone of the writing is always dark, Gothic, and depressing.
(b) The bodily element is universal, celebratory, positive, and exaggerated.
(c) The author's focus must be on bodily gore, blood, death, and dying.
(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. Carnival allowed:

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

4. What do some critics argue has been absent from Russian literature?

5. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?

(see the answer key)

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