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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. How are Bakhtin and Rabelais similar?
(a) They both directly challenge the government by running for political office.
(b) They both subvert the social prohibition on laughter, satire, and irony.
(c) They both write mostly novels.
(d) They live in the same country.

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

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

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. How did the French Romanticists respond to Rabelais' works?
(a) With disgust and negative criticism.
(b) With complete understanding of Medieval and Renaissance culture.
(c) With an appreciation of, and interest in, the grotesque.
(d) They ignored Rabelais completely.

Short Answer Questions

1. Comic rituals in Medieval and Renaissance Europe were:

2. Bakhtin thinks that life is:

3. With what is "folk culture" most concerned?

4. The purpose of "travesty" in folk festivals was to:

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

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