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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 in particular forms the basic elements of Rabelais' novel _Gargantua_?
(a) Predictions of the future.
(b) Classical myths.
(c) Autobiographical observations of Rabelais' own life.
(d) Historical allusions.

2. Carnival allowed:
(a) The endurance of the propriety expected of all social classes.
(b) The mixing of real and unreal, fantasy and fact.
(c) The peasants to sell their crops without paying taxes.
(d) The upper class to oppress relentlessly the lower class.

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. What does the "form" of any kind of art express?
(a) A system of values.
(b) Whatever the audience chooses.
(c) The materials from which the art is constructed.
(d) Only one possible message.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Russian Revolution occur?

2. What was the reception of Rabelais' work in the eighteenth century?

3. After Rabelais' time, the use of laughter in literature and culture moved in which direction?

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

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

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